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. How many of the animals do Don Juan and Castaneda keep for themselves for eating?

2. What is the animal Castaneda interacted with when he was under the influence of the peyote?

3. What does Castaneda lose track of as he begins to follow the lessons of Don Juan during the morning?

4. Don Juan is insistent that the only thing needed is _________ instead of talk.

5. Castaneda reminds Don Juan he is willing to __________, which means he can ask anything he wants.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the funny bird that Don Juan wants Castaneda to remember from his youth?

2. 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?

3. What does Castaneda think of the way that Don Juan lives?

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

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

6. What is Don Juan's explanation for the look he gave Castaneda when he first met him?

7. How does Don Juan respond to the statement by Castaneda that he is a Yaqui Indian and he cannot deny that?

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

9. What does Don Juan want Castaneda to see in his eyes when he commands him to look at him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The disappearing car is certainly something that takes Castaneda by surprise and it seems to signal a new chapter in his growth.

Part 1: Why do you think the car's disappearance is important to Castaneda's learning?

Part 2: Do you think the car really disappeared? Why or why not?

Part 3: What do you think the lesson of the disappearing car might have been?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The idea of routine is one that seems to conflict with the process of hunting. After all, if one can be predictable, they can also be hunted.

Part 1: Why does Don Juan believe that routines are harmful to a person?

Part 2: Why does Castaneda think that routines are a good thing to have in one's life?

Part 3: What do you think? Do you think routines help or hurt people? Support your answer with real life experiences.

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