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

Richard Erdoes
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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. Lame Deer talks about the white man being afraid of natural odors and declares that soon the white man will breed people without what?

2. Lame Deer mentions a special kind of deer called the taha topta sapa which had a black streak across what?

3. When the holy man in the story of the ghost dance saw the beautiful land he saw a land that was dotted with what?

4. When the tree was cut down to prepare for the sun dance and the lower branches were cut off, what was used to cover the "wounds" on the tree?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe what happened when Indian police surrounded Sitting Bull's cabin.

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. Describe how Lame Deer sees the old cooking pot in Chapter 6.

5. What would the mothers of daughters afraid of tipi-creepers do to create a "No Trespassing" sign on their daughter and what would the mothers do if they found there had been a tipi-creeper?

6. In Chapter 14, the legend of the ghost dance is mentioned. A Ute holy man was taken to heaven and brought back five songs. What did this songs do?

7. What kind of room would serve as a good room for a yuwipi meeting?

8. In the beginning of Chapter 10, what does Lame Deer mention is the Indian's first rite and always comes before any other ritual?

9. Who was Leonard Crow Dog?

10. What does Lame Deer say the white man's symbol is and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Lame Deer. Explain Lame Deer's characteristics and ideals. What is important to Lame Deer? In what ways do you agree with Lame Deer's views that are mentioned in the book? Are there any particular ideas that you don't agree with that that Lame Deer brings up in the book? If so, what are they and why do you disagree?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the experiences that Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes had growing up. Explain how the two became good friends and why you think they had such a strong relationship.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 16, Blood Turned into Stone, Lame Deer tells the story of the White Buffalo Woman. When the White Buffalo Woman met the two hunters that were scouting for buffalo, one of the hunters tried to seize her and he was destroyed. Lame Deer states that desire had killed that hunter. He goes on to say that there have been many to die because of desire and "if this earth should ever be destroyed, it will be by desire." What does Lame Deer mean by this statement? How does this statement relate to the book? Use specific examples from the book to support your thoughts.

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