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. Winnetou never killed his enemies but stunned them with what?

2. Where did Richard Erdoes study art?

3. In the story mentioned in the beginning of Blood Turned Into Stone, what made up the large pool of blood?

4. Which entrance did the butterfly guard on the mountain where the wakinyan lived?

5. In the story of Rabbit Boy, there is a boy who states that he has power over Rabbit Boy and that he is going to throw what over him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe some of the strange things that a heyoka, or clown does.

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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