Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan Test | Mid-Book 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. When Carlos Castaneda goes to work with Don Juan Matus, what does he want to study?

2. What flies overhead, making Castaneda laugh without any clear reason?

3. Which appliance makes a noise which Don Juan interprets as agreement?

4. Castaneda concedes he is considered ________________, even though he never lies.

5. When a man takes responsibility for his decisions, he can move ahead without ___________ or remorse.

Short Essay Questions

1. When the wind makes itself known to the men, what is the only way it seems to be able to die down?

2. When Castaneda goes to visit Don Juan in December of 1960, what question does he ask Don Juan upon his arrival?

3. Don Juan shares something about the crow cawing, something that surprised it about its cawing - what surprised him?

4. What is the point of the loud siren sounds that Don Juan begins to make at Castaneda?

5. What does Don Juan say the wind's identity truly is, rather than just being a part of nature's actions?

6. What does Don Juan say to Castaneda when he asks how someone can drop his personal history?

7. What is the lesson of this chapter for Castaneda, according to Don Juan?

8. Don Juan says it is not enough to know how to make or to set traps. What does one have to do in order to change?

9. What is Castaneda's response to Don Juan's question about why he was lying when they first met.

10. What did Castaneda's father promise to do when he was young, though he never followed through on this promise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The encounter with the coyote is one that is shocking and thrilling to the reader and to Castaneda in his retelling, it seems.

Part 1: Why was Castaneda sent out to go alone to the mountains until his body tells him to quit?

Part 2: Why is the coyote an important figure or image for Castaneda to see?

Part 3: Is the coyote real or is it a hallucination? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of self-importance seems to be another obstacle that stands in the way of Castaneda's growth with the teaching of Don Juan.

Part 1: Why does Don Juan think self-importance is problematic for learning and growing?

Part 2: Why doesn't Castaneda recognize his own self-importance?

Part 3: How might self-importance affect Castaneda's ability to learn? Or would it? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Assuming responsibility seems to be one of the first steps a person must take in the journey to self power and self awareness.

Part 1: Why is responsibility important to assume in one's life?

Part 2: Why is it important for Castaneda to learn more about responsibility?

Part 3: What might happen if Castaneda never assumed responsibility?

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