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. What was the name of Richard Erdoes' wife?

2. How many sons did Richard Erdoes have?

3. The bowl of the pipe represented what?

4. Lame Deer tells a story from the 1920's when an Indian was running away from a bunch of cowboys on horseback who couldn't catch him. How old was the Indian?

5. Lame Deer described the prayer he usually said when he was crying for a vision. He asked the Great Spirit to pity him so that what may occur?

Short Essay Questions

1. Some medicine men have an eagle feather attached to their pipe. Where is the eagle feather attached and why?

2. According to Sioux legend, where did the blood-red rock found in the southwest corner of Minnesota come from?

3. When Lame Deer tried to describe a thunderbird, why did he say that could not do it?

4. How does Lame Deer liken the sacred pipe to a Sioux person?

5. In the story of the White Buffalo Woman, what did she say kept the tribe alive?

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

7. What does the great wakinyan or thunderbird of the west look like?

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

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

10. What did Iktome, the spider man, decide to do after he discovered that Rabbit Boy had come back to life and gone up with the clouds?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the struggles and experiences that Lame Deer went through that helped him become insightful and respectful of the Sioux culture.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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