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

2. Lame Deer mentions that sometimes the tonwan or thunderbolt hits something. What does he describe it hitting?

3. When Richard fed about sixty Indians in his New York apartment in 1967, how many of those Indians had come to participate in a peace march with Martin Luther King?

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

5. Lame Deer states that the egg from which all the thunderbirds are hatched is bigger than what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lame Deer say is the reason that one loud clap of thunder is heard followed by smaller rumblings?

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

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

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

6. What is the story that Lame Deer tells about the heyoka turtle and the heyoka frog?

7. Where did Richard Erdoes' Jewish grandfather live and what did he teach Richard?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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