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. Castaneda can't believe Don Juan takes ____________ as reality.

2. Who once promised to take Castaneda swimming every day at 6:00 AM, but never did?

3. Don Juan tells Castaneda that ____________ are not enough to learn about peyote.

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

5. Don Juan wants to know if Castaneda is thinking of a ___________ when he looks into his eyes.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Don Juan do when he sees that Castaneda is not standing in a good spot?

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

3. What does Don Juan say is the reason why Castaneda is not quenched by walking with his fingers curled or of the leaves?

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

5. What is Don Juan's assessment of Castaneda's feelings about himself and how they will affect his learning?

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

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

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

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

10. Don Juan says that some people live happily because of one thing - what is this one state of mind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Don Genero talks to Castenada about being ready to tackle one's ally, which causes Castaneda to seriously consider whether he is ready for that challenge.

Part 1: Why do you think Don Genero told this story to Castaneda?

Part 2: Why doesn't Castaneda feel like he is ready to continue his learning?

Part 3: Why is is important to battle one's own ally? What will it provide to the warrior?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout this story are various omens that are meant to show Castaneda things about himself.

Part 1: Why are omens important in this story?

Part 2: Which omen is most important to Castaneda's learning? Why?

Part 3: Why do you think the crow continues to show up for Castaneda in this book?

Essay Topic 3

Within the search for power, Don Juan tells Castaneda he must also be accessible to power, which seems to go against previous lessons in some ways.

Part 1: Why is it important for a person to be accessible to power, according to Don Juan?

Part 2: How does being accessible to power conflict with the idea of being less accessible? Can you have both in your life? Why or why not?

Part 3: What is the purpose of being accessible to power? What are the benefits to Castaneda?

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