A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does don Juan say Carlos has that are good?

2. What was don Juan doing with the string?

3. What was the hardest thing for Castaneda to stop doing?

4. Out of which eye did the dashes protrude?

5. What would don Juan do if someone was waiting with a gun and telescopic sight?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the only thought that brought comfort to Carlos while he was in the forest?

2. What strange occurrence happened when Carlos just simply listened?

3. Why is it important that a warrior apologizes to the things he has hurt?

4. How did Carlos feel when don Genaro and don Juan were sitting with him?

5. What was the difference between the eyes when Carlos 'sees' don Juan?

6. How did Carlos learn to travel with the water?

7. How is will different from seeing?

8. What mistake did Carlos make in his first attempt to get up? How did he finally succeed?

9. What is a negative type of spirit and what are the consequences to having one of these kinds of spirits take notice of you?

10. Describe what 'will' is.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mescalito and allies are the main spirits consistently talked about throughout the course of this novel. What is the difference between these spirits and God? How are they similar?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the era in which this book was originally published. To what kind of public was Castaneda targeting? Why do you think this is? Do you believe that the social fabric of the world would accept this book if it was published now? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There has been much debate on whether or not these are factual accounts, or if the entire book was a work of fiction. Explain why people might have difficulty accepting this novel as a true account. What are your personal conceptions of this novel? Is it a work of fiction, or could they be actual field notes? Explain your reasoning.

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