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. How many guns are there in the Museum of the American Indian in New York City that once belonged to famous Indian chiefs?

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 the beginning of Chapter 6, Lame Deer mentions a pot with plenty of what inside?

5. Rocks that were used for curing were wrapped carefully in a piece of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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