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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. Because of Castaneda's experience with the peyote spirit, Don Juan points out he is a ____________.

2. What time did the relative of Castaneda finally get up each day, causing him to never go swimming?

3. A creature that is impossible to track is something that happens ______________.

4. Some people live happily, according to Don Juan, because they understand that life can _____________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does one find the proper place to rest, according to the lessons of Don Juan?

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

3. What is the yellow formation that Castaneda sees, making him feel slightly ill in the process?

4. What costume does Castaneda see Don Juan as wearing when he and the other men are sitting around the fire?

5. What does Don Juan's intimidating glance cause Castaneda to do before he approaches him again?

6. What does a warrior have to do when he is out on the hunt?

7. What is Don Juan's response to Castaneda's attempts to try to fill in a genealogy chart for Don Juan?

8. What must Castaneda learn in order to know where to place the traps he is going to make?

9. Why is Castaneda left on the mountain as the other two men walk away into the distance?

10. What does Don Juan do when the percolator makes a loud noise in response to something Don Juan says?

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

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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