Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the name wicasa wakan mean?

2. What does the steam represent that is coming out of the pot mentioned in the beginning of Chapter 6?

3. What animal was most likely to appear in a vision that a medicine man had?

4. In Chapter 8, Lame Deer talks about a young Navajo boy and girl in their apartment in their city. What color of blanket did he put over this young couple?

5. Lame Deer tells a story about his uncle and how his horse's rope was pulled into a badger's hole. What did his uncle have to do with the rope?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the trial that Lame Deer was involved in considered to be one big confusion?

2. After the Indians smoke for the fourth and last time in the sweat house, what do they say and how do they exit?

3. What kind of shapes are in the belt that Lame Deer's grandmother made that is mentioned in Chapter 6 and what do these shapes represent?

4. Most of the time, how does a person become a medicine man?

5. When a medicine man, or wicasa wakan, is old and nearing the end of his life, who does he try to pass on his vision and knowledge to and what happens if that doesn't work?

6. What are some of the meanings of the word yuwipi that Lame Deer mentions in the book?

7. How did Lame Deer end up with a bum shoulder?

8. Describe the first white man that Lame Deer ever met.

9. How many buffalo skulls were needed in the old days of the sun dance and what were they needed for?

10. Describe how Lame Deer's great-grandfather was killed by mistake.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the book, Lame Deer mentions that sometimes parents wanted their daughters to marry a famous chief but sometimes their daughter had her heart set on someone else. Sometimes the daughters would elope. Why do you think the tribe and parents approved of this union after the couple returned from their elopement? Why wasn't the arranged marriage forced by the parents and tribe? How did this help unity of families and the tribe as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Lame Deer's experience in the vision pit that is mentioned in the beginning of the book. How did this experience transform him from a boy to a man? Use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

In the beginning of Chapter 6, The Circle and the Square, Lame Deer mentions a belt that his grandmother made that has symbols on it; telling a story. What story do these symbols tell and what symbols are used for the story? Describe what symbols mean to the Sioux culture.

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