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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. Don Juan tells Castaneda that one has to live like a ___________ in order to set traps.

2. What does Castaneda want to bring with him when he sees Don Juan?

3. Don Juan feels the difference between him and Castaneda is that Castaneda feels he is ____________.

4. Castaneda believes his father was __________ because he never carried through any plan.

5. Where is Castaneda told to look for a special spot where he can find benefit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Don Juan point out about the water rats they observe the entire morning?

3. 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?

4. What would have happened if Don Juan had kept all of the quails they had captured?

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

6. What does Don Juan do with the five quails that the two men capture during the day?

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

8. What does Don Juan tell Castaneda to never do while he is walking?

9. What must Castaneda do in order to become accessible to power, according to Don Juan?

10. What does Don Juan have to say about the process of learning about peyote?

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

A battle between someone who is good and someone who is bad is nothing new to stories of spirituality. La Catalina is certainly someone to fear, it seems.

Part 1: Why would La Catalina want to find out more about Castaneda or fight him?

Part 2: Do you think La Catalina is really following Castaneda or is this another test from Don Juan? Why or why not?

Part 3: What do the attacks by La Catalina signify in Castaneda's training?

Essay Topic 3

Searching for power sounds like a difficult task for anyone to do, but Don Juan leads Castaneda on the quest nonetheless.

Part 1: Why is a search for power important for Castaneda to learn in his studies?

Part 2: Why do you think the search for power is such an unpredictable experience?

Part 3: Do you think Castaneda already has power or does he have to search for it outside of himself? Why did you choose the answer you did?

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