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. The White Buffalo Woman wore a dress made of what?

2. In the story of Rabbit Boy, what came down to make the pieces of Rabbit Boy disappear?

3. What was something that was very sacred, especially to Indians, that the clowns could give the Sioux people?

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

5. What kind of work did Richard do in New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Lame Deer say is the reason that one loud clap of thunder is heard followed by smaller rumblings?

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

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.

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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