Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions Test | Final 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. The second thunderbird who was red, has wings with how many joints?

2. When Lame Deer was describing the pipe in Blood Turned Into Stone, he states that the pipe is "us". Therefore, the stem of the pipe represented what?

3. At the beginning of Blood Turned Into Stone, Lame Deer talks about the people who inhabited this land a long time ago trying to save themselves from an immense flood by going where?

4. Lame Deer tells the story of the heyoka turtle and the heyoka frog in Chapter 16. At the beginning of the story, what were they sitting on?

5. Richard told of times when he and a Hungarian peasant girl would eat bacon with a fine powder of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where are the places set aside for surviving buffalo herds, and what does Lame Deer state the buffalo would say if they could speak?

2. How does Lame Deer suggest that mankind can get back on the red road of the pipe or the road of life?

3. What does Richard Erdoes say he did as a child when he would attend a "blood opera" with his pals?

4. Describe how the thunder-beings eventually turned into wakinyan or thunderbirds.

5. Why would it make a sick person happy to hear a heyoka tell them that they are going to die?

6. How does Richard Erdoes describe the prairie of South Dakota?

7. Describe the place where the wakinyan live.

8. What did the substitute dancers in a heyoka ceremony wear?

9. According to legend, where did the Sioux nation come from?

10. Describe the Odenwald Schule that Richard Erdoes attended for two years.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of Chapter 16, Lame Deer says that "we can teach each other to see through the cloud of pollution that politicians, industrialists, and technical experts see as 'reality' ". Describe what Lame Deer is talking about when he mentions a cloud of pollution. What examples does Lame Deer describe of this pollution in the book?

Essay Topic 2

What new things did you learn from this book about Indian culture? What things surprised you or enlightened you about the Sioux way of life? Use specific information to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

In the book, Lame Deer mentions that he left the discussion about the peace pipe until the end of the book because it is the most important subject. Describe why the pipe is such an important symbol and thing in the Sioux Indian culture. Use specific information from the book to support your answers.

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