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. In the story of Richard and his friends writing a clandestine paper, how much were the costs for the parents of the condemned boy?

2. What was Rabbit Boy's buckskin decorated with?

3. The bowl of the pipe represented what?

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

5. What did the the heyoka do when he ran up on the bucket of boiling water?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does Lame Deer mean when he says, "what you see with your eyes shut is what counts"? How does this relate to the medicine man or wicasa wakan? How could it relate to other tribe members or even Lame Deer himself? Describe your thoughts on this statement and explain how it relates to the book and to the reader.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the experiences that Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes had growing up. Explain how the two became good friends and why you think they had such a strong relationship.

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