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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a synonym to creode?
(a) Avoid-ability.
(b) Habit.
(c) Preference.
(d) Creed.

2. Why might Zoroaster have banned Soma?
(a) He was greatly influenced by the Christian religion that was forming.
(b) He objected to the bull sacrifice that was a part of the ritual.
(c) He thought of all altered states of mind as witchcraft.
(d) He objected to altered states of mind.

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

4. What monstrous force(s) were born into modern times at the expense of a relationship with the natural world?
(a) Global politics.
(b) Neither of these.
(c) Both of these.
(d) Scientific industrialism.

5. What two groups of scientists have analyzed shamanism?
(a) Neurologists and Anthropologists.
(b) Psychologists and Neurologists.
(c) Anthropologists and Psychologists.
(d) Neurologists and Sociologists.

6. What happens to an individual in a state of ecstasy, according to Gordon Wasson?
(a) All of these.
(b) The soul is scooped from the body.
(c) The individual is intoxicated.
(d) The soul is denigrated.

7. What tree did the woman eat from?
(a) Both of these.
(b) The Tree of Knowledge.
(c) Either of these.
(d) The Tree of Life.

8. What do psychoactive plants allow a shaman to do?
(a) To feel good about himself.
(b) To manipulate the environment.
(c) Allow the healer to journey into an invisible realm of natural magic.
(d) To inflate their ego.

9. What factors have brought human evolution to a halt?
(a) The rise of communications.
(b) Our sheer numbers.
(c) Both of these.
(d) Neither of these.

10. What has been agreed on regarding Soma?
(a) It has hanging branches.
(b) It originates in the mountains.
(c) It is yellow in color.
(d) All of these.

11. When did our estrangement from the conscious and the unconscious begin?
(a) About four thousand years ago.
(b) About two thousand years ago.
(c) About a thousand years ago.
(d) About three thousand years ago.

12. Why would mushrooms have been especially noticeable on the African grasslands?
(a) All of these.
(b) None of these.
(c) Their colors would have been intriguing.
(d) Their inviting smell.

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

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

15. Where is the answer located on how to achieve balance within the environment?
(a) Neither of these.
(b) In aboriginal reserves.
(c) Both of these.
(d) In Third World countries.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author originally believed that magic was a phenomenon of the...?

2. What cognitive ability are humans not known for?

3. What are allies friendly towards?

4. What isn't ecstasy?

5. What did Carl Saur believe was the explanation for grasslands?

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