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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. What animals are Don Juan and Castaneda studying in order to learn their habits?

2. Don Juan tells Castaneda to ____________ if it will put him at ease after his experience with the plant medicine.

3. When one shifts the way he looks at the world, he can have a double ___________ of the world.

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

5. Don Juan says that Castaneda is like prey that is ___________ to predict.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why aren't Don Juan and Castaneda staying the night at the rock conglomerate?

2. What is the purpose of the trip the men are taking to the mountain range?

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

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

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

6. What does Don Juan say when Castaneda asks him how old he is, as he sees him moving with agility?

7. What does Don Juan instruct Castaneda to do when they are hiking and Castaneda just wants to rest?

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

9. Why does Don Juan warn Castaneda not to turn around as they leave the Indians they have met?

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

Essay 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

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

The idea of 'not-doing' is one that is foreign to many people as our lives are centered on getting more and more done, it seems.

Part 1: How would you define the idea of 'not-doing' in the modern world?

Part 2: Why is 'not-doing' so important for the work that Don Juan and Castaneda are doing?

Part 3: What might happen if 'not-doing' was not a part of the lessons that Castaneda receives?

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