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. Who did Richard Erdoes claim was responsible for he and his pals attending "blood operas"?

3. Lame describes a time when a friend of his went to the rock quarry to pick out stone. The park ranger said he could take out a pound for how much?

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

5. In order for a person to have listened to the story of Much-Blood-Man a person ought to have fasted for how many days?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Richard Erdoes describe the prairie of South Dakota?

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

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

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

Describe how Lame Deer thinks the white man has destroyed or taken the "spirit" from particular animals and also how the white man has taken away from his own natural body. What disasters befall the white man because of these problems, according to Lame Deer?

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