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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the author find appalling?
(a) That religion was a construct to eliminate the truth of shamanism.
(b) That the shamanic world offered truth and the real world offered lies.
(c) That the shamanic world was more real than our own.
(d) The shamanic world could be accessed by anyone, but no one had believed in it.

2. What questions do humans find most interesting?
(a) Who are we?
(b) All of these.
(c) Where did we come from?
(d) Towards what fate do we move?

3. What happens where hallucinogenic plants do not occur?
(a) Cultural innovation occurs at high speeds.
(b) Cultural innovation occurs very slowly if at all.
(c) Cultural innovation doesn't provide any new information.
(d) Cultural innovation does not occur.

4. What is the modern incarnation of the Shaman?
(a) Both of these.
(b) There aren't any modern shamans.
(c) Artists,
(d) Poets.

5. Which mushroom will take the projection of male or female energy with equal ease?
(a) Psilocybe mexicana.
(b) Stropharia cubensis.
(c) Amanita muscaria.
(d) Psilocybe cubensis.

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

7. What religion in Africa is hallucinogenic plant based?
(a) Bwati.
(b) Bwiti.
(c) Bwratini.
(d) Iboga.

8. The author originally believed that magic was a phenomenon of the...?
(a) Naive,
(b) Both of these.
(c) Primitive.
(d) Neither of these.

9. What archaeological site has yielded a wealth of religious art?
(a) Catal Hiyak.
(b) Catal Huyak.
(c) Catal Huyuk.
(d) Caral Huyuk.

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

11. What did the built in recliners suggest?
(a) Neither of these.
(b) Both of these.
(c) That midwifery had been part of the rites.
(d) That curing had been a part of the rites.

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

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

14. What is interesting to note about the Soma deity?
(a) None of these.
(b) It is male and lunar.
(c) It is asexual.
(d) It is lunar.

15. What did the author learn about in India regarding religion?
(a) It is created by charlatans as a form of subservience.
(b) It is a clever sales technique.
(c) It is no more than a hustle.
(d) It is a world of lies shrouded in fantasy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is considered a product of cattle?

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

3. What is interesting to note about Soma?

4. What was the wave made of that the author rode?

5. What particular family of active chemical compounds does McKenna believe affected human development?

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