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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 is an entity with a will of its own which Don Juan and Castaneda are trying to hide from?

2. Did Castaneda shoot the revered bird when it was in his line of sight?

3. Castaneda tells Don Juan that he is a _____________ and that cannot be changed.

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

5. Don Juan tells Castaneda that his last girlfriend left him because he was too ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. When Castaneda goes to visit Don Juan in December of 1960, what question does he ask Don Juan upon his arrival?

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

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

4. Why is Castaneda left on the mountain as the other two men walk away into the distance?

5. What costume does Castaneda see Don Juan as wearing when he and the other men are sitting around the fire?

6. What does Don Juan reveal to be the true identity of the dog that Castaneda saw during his peyote experience?

7. What does Don Juan say about his own death and his interaction with it?

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

9. What is Don Juan's explanation for the look he gave Castaneda when he first met him?

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

Essay 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

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 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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