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. When Richard fed about sixty Indians in his New York apartment in 1967, how many of those Indians had come to participate in a peace march with Martin Luther King?

2. Where does Lame Deer state that too many of the Sioux Indian things wind up?

3. Lame Deer mentions that sometimes the tonwan or thunderbolt hits something. What does he describe it hitting?

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

5. How many children did Richard and his wife have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when Richard Erdoes was attending a yuwipi meeting and he asked to take photographs?

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

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

4. Describe how the thunder-beings eventually turned into wakinyan or thunderbirds.

5. What happened when Richard Erdoes was arrested by a brutish-looking policeman?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In the book, Lame Deer mentions that sometimes parents wanted their daughters to marry a famous chief but sometimes their daughter had her heart set on someone else. Sometimes the daughters would elope. Why do you think the tribe and parents approved of this union after the couple returned from their elopement? Why wasn't the arranged marriage forced by the parents and tribe? How did this help unity of families and the tribe as a whole?

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