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. In the Indian culture, Lame Deer states that clowns had more power than what?

3. When Richard was driving through the plains on his first encounter with the American West, what were the houses surrounded by?

4. How many paths led into the mountain where the wakinyan lived?

5. How many people smoked Lame Deer's pipe that he brought to the convention mentioned in Blood Turned Into Stone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened when Richard Erdoes was arrested by a brutish-looking policeman?

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

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

6. How did each day end for Richard Erdoes when he lived with his aunt who was a Mohammedan girl from Sarajevo?

7. What does Lame Deer state the old people used to say about damage caused by lightning?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Lame Deer, what are the evils that come from the "green frog skin"? Do you agree with Lame Deer's view on money? Why or why not? What other evils did the white man bring to the Indian culture? Use specific examples from the book to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

In the beginning of Chapter 6, The Circle and the Square, Lame Deer mentions a belt that his grandmother made that has symbols on it; telling a story. What story do these symbols tell and what symbols are used for the story? Describe what symbols mean to the Sioux culture.

Essay Topic 3

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

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