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. Who did Richard Erdoes claim was responsible for he and his pals attending "blood operas"?

2. Lame Deer states that being a clown brought honor but also what?

3. Richard's grandfather taught him to stay away from what?

4. What made the first sound that was heard on earth?

5. When Richard had some of his Indian friends visit him in New York, what left the Indians speechless?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Karl May's favorite Indian hero?

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

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

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

7. Because of Iktome, the spider man, what did the villagers do to Rabbit Boy?

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

9. Before Richard Erdoes met his Indian friends, what did he do in New York?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 9, Medicine, Good and Bad, Lame Deer talks about the medicine man or wicasa wakan and how they love silence. Why do you think the wicasa wakan had the desire to be by themselves and loved silence? What kinds of experiences did the wicasa wakan have as a result of silence and meditation? How did this bring the wicasa wakan closer to nature and closer to fellow Sioux Indians?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Why does Lame Deer state that one word like medicine man cannot describe what an actual medicine man is in the Sioux culture? How complex is being a medicine man and why? What different names and definitions does Lame Deer give for the Sioux "medicine men"?

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