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

2. In what year was Richard sent to do a story on an old mining railroad?

3. When Lame Deer talks about a clown going to the store, the clown discovers a can that has a picture of what on it?

4. When the White Buffalo walked away from the tribe, what was she doing?

5. How many years did Richard go to the Odenwald Schule?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Richard Erdoes see when he rushed to the window and looked outside on his first day in New York City?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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