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 animal does Lame Deer mention in Chapter 7 that is much like an Indian because it's unchangeable?

2. When the holy man came back to earth in the story of the ghost dance, he began to teach the people a dance. How many songs did he have?

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

4. In the tale of the Stone Boy, how many days was the young girl pregnant before she gave birth to a boy?

5. What does the word hanhepiwi mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the woman look like that presented the first pipe to the Sioux tribe?

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

3. What would happen in a Sioux tribe when a young girl would have her heart set on a young boy instead of a famous chief and would elope with him?

4. 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.

5. How does Godfrey Chips describe Crazy Horse?

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

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

8. Why does Lame Deer say that Indian children are never alone?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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

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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