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. Don Juan states that when one has no personal history, no _____________ are needed anymore.

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

3. The fact that __________ is stalking Castaneda leaves no room for doubt or for remorse.

4. When the two men meet again, Don Juan points out that Castaneda has not ____________.

5. What does Don Juan give to Castaneda to eat when he is sitting in the sunlight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. When the wind makes itself known to the men, what is the only way it seems to be able to die down?

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

9. The idea that Castaneda seems to be a 'chosen man' perplexes Don Juan, but what does it mean Don Juan needs to do?

10. What does Don Juan do with the five quails that the two men capture during the day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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