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. After Richard fed the Indians at his New York apartment, one old man stayed at his apartment for how many months?

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

3. In what year did Richard Erdoes find himself crossing the Atlantic Ocean?

4. When the White Buffalo Woman was addressing the children of the tribe she told them to "remember this and grow up" and do what?

5. Lame Deer describes the heyokas as having rattles made from rows of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe one of your favorite Indian ceremonies, rituals, or legends that you read about in the book. Why was this your favorite and what things intrigued you about this particular ceremony, ritual, or legend?

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