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 does Lame Deer say the white man forgot to give Indians when they brought them whiskey?

2. What was the name for men who dressed like women?

3. Lame Deer told a reporter that he would like to plant a staff on the very top of Mount Rushmore to make it a sacred mountain again. What colors would be on the staff?

4. What does Lame Deer say is the name of a man who "uses the power of the rawhide and the stones to find and to cure"?

5. Crazy Horse never let a white man take what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. Why does Lame Deer say that the pipe is like an open Bible to him and his people?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe one of your favorite Indian ceremonies, rituals, or legends that you read about in the book. Why was this your favorite and what things intrigued you about this particular ceremony, ritual, or legend?

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Lame Deer thinks the white man has destroyed or taken the "spirit" from particular animals and also how the white man has taken away from his own natural body. What disasters befall the white man because of these problems, according to Lame Deer?

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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