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. What is the name of the the spider-man in Sioux legend?

2. The birds that Richard spent time with ate raw hamburger out of his hand along with fragments of what?

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

4. The substitute dancers that helped the heyokas put grass in what two places?

5. When Lame Deer was describing the pipe in Blood Turned Into Stone, he states that the pipe is "us". Therefore, the stem of the pipe represented what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the place where the wakinyan live.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Describe the sun dance. Why would this ritual be considered harsh in the white man's world? What were you feelings about this ritual when you read about it? After reading Lame Deer's explanation of the sun dance, would you still consider it to be harsh? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Lame Deer's ancestors and immediate family influenced him in his life and made him into the person he was.

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