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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. Don Juan says that the only thing indispensable to their work together is __________.

2. Don Juan tells Castaneda that if they had kept more of the animals, the shrubs and the other animals would have united to __________.

3. Don Juan tells Castaneda the first time he saw him, he ________ that Castaneda was lying.

4. How many animals do Don Juan and Castaneda catch by the end of the day?

5. What does Castaneda continue to bring up, even though Don Juan never seems to answer him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Castaneda think Don Juan is crazy, like his friend seems to believe?

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

3. What is the benefit of Castaneda paying Don Juan for his services and for his lessons?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Don Juan is insistent that Castaneda must not want change because he doesn't seem to be changing much between their meetings.

Part 1: Why is it important to Don Juan that he see change in Castaneda?

Part 2: Do you think Castaneda really wants to change himself? Why or why not?

Part 3: Can a person avoid changing? Why or why not? Isn't change just a natural process that doesn't need to be instigated? Why or why not?

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