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. What does Don Juan do when he tells Castaneda that he is always angry and righteous?

2. Castaneda is frustrated that it seems to be okay for Don Juan to ___________ but it's wrong for Castaneda to do so.

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

4. Don Juan decides that Castaneda has a knack for ________________ and that is what he will be taught when they meet.

5. What flies overhead, making Castaneda laugh without any clear reason?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Don Juan say the wind's identity truly is, rather than just being a part of nature's actions?

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

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

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

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

8. Why doesn't Castaneda feel well at the beginning of this chapter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

One's personal history is something we are accustomed to thinking about, but Don Juan is insistent that people forget this in order to learn and to grow.

Part 1: How does Don Juan define the idea of a personal history? How does this differ from Castaneda's definition?

Part 2: Why is a personal history important to keep sacred?

Part 3: Why might a personal history get in the way of learning and spiritual growth?

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