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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does science fail to do?
(a) Educate the mind.
(b) Lift the human spirit.
(c) All of these.
(d) Nurture the soul.

2. What is not a shamanic method of ecstasy?
(a) Fasting.
(b) Drumming.
(c) Manipulation of breath.
(d) Having intercourse.

3. What cognitive ability are humans not known for?
(a) Mathematics.
(b) Dance.
(c) Sport.
(d) Philosophy.

4. What do the dancing shamans have in their hands and sticking out of their bodies?
(a) Light.
(b) Mushrooms.
(c) None of these.
(d) People.

5. What are allies friendly towards?
(a) Our struggle to maintain composure in the face of our egos.
(b) Our struggle to birth ourselves as an intelligent species.
(c) Our attempt to become something greater than ourselves.
(d) All of these.

6. What unpleasant plants are also used by shamans?
(a) All of these.
(b) Brugmansias.
(c) Virola based snuffs.
(d) Daturas.

7. Which writer is mentioned?
(a) Carlos Castaneda.
(b) Mircea Eliade.
(c) Neither of these.
(d) Both of these.

8. What culture arrived in Palestine and offered an explosion in societal activities like art?
(a) None of these.
(b) The Natufian culture.
(c) The Paleolithic culture.
(d) The Tassili culture.

9. After what point may a shaman have access to a superhuman plane?
(a) After he has gained the wisdom from the other plane.
(b) After he has the experience of resurrection while in ecstasy.
(c) After he has trained for fifteen years under the tutelage of a shaman.
(d) After he has graduated the "shamanism 101" course.

10. When was the first sample of psilocybe cubensis collected?
(a) 1904.
(b) 1903.
(c) 1906.
(d) 1905.

11. What particular family of active chemical compounds does McKenna believe affected human development?
(a) Indile hallucinogens.
(b) Indole hallucinogens.
(c) Infold hallucinogens.
(d) Imbibed hallucinogens.

12. What is the supreme goal of the shaman?
(a) To guide the people spiritually.
(b) To heal the individual.
(c) To abandon his body.
(d) To convey religious intent to a population.

13. What does this form of civilization bring with it?
(a) Overproduction.
(b) Hoarding.
(c) All of these.
(d) Trade.

14. What was the name of the old woman who had provided the author with ayahuasca?
(a) Dona Carolina.
(b) Dona Ceraline.
(c) Dona Catalina.
(d) Dona Caralina.

15. What main point(s) are offered against the fly agaric mushroom?
(a) The incorporation of cattle in the ritual makes no sense.
(b) It doesn't provide reliable ecstatic experiences.
(c) All of these.
(d) The experience is unpleasant in nature.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the vines used in making ayahuasca?

2. What is a common occurrence regarding psilocybin intoxication?

3. Why is a grass containing DMT an unlikely source of material to boost the human consciousness?

4. What was prominent on all images depicting the father of the Goddess?

5. What is a common metaphor for Soma?

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