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. What was the name of Lame Deer's other grandfather besides Crazy Heart?

2. How many squares of flesh did Lame Deer's grandmother cut from her arm for him to have in the vision pit?

3. When Lame Deer talks about the four square miles along the Rapid River that his great-grandfather and his tribe had taken away from them, he talks about the government missing out on a life-sized dinosaur made out of green what?

4. Where does Lame Deer say the white man goes to to escape bad weather?

5. To protect their daughters from tipi-creepers, what would mothers tie around their daughter's waists?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the old Indian in The Green Frog Skin mean when he said, "now they own the air, too."?

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

3. 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?

4. Describe some of the things that Indians endured during the sun dance.

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

6. Many medicine men get their power from a particular animal. Describe some of the powers and attributes that an elk master or medicine man would have.

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

8. Why does Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes enjoy sitting on Teddy Roosevelt's head more than the other heads on Mount Rushmore?

9. What does the lizard and turtle stand for in the Sioux culture and what were they believed to protect a baby from?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how Lame Deer's ancestors and immediate family influenced him in his life and made him into the person he was.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What importance was having an epilogue in the book? What insight does this epilogue provide into Lame Deer's life and into Richard Erdoes' life? How does the epilogue benefit the reader?

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