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 says that Castaneda is like prey that is ___________ to predict.

2. What does Castaneda eat, though it nauseates him and Don Juan laughs hysterically as he does eat this creature?

3. What kind of song does Don Juan begin to hum as he talks about the idea that one of them must change?

4. Don Juan tells Castaneda that one can stop ______________ at the drop of a hat.

5. Don Juan feels the difference between him and Castaneda is that Castaneda feels he is ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Carlos Castaneda seeking the lessons of Don Juan in this book?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What would have happened if Don Juan had kept all of the quails they had captured?

10. Who is the funny bird that Don Juan wants Castaneda to remember from his youth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of routine is one that seems to conflict with the process of hunting. After all, if one can be predictable, they can also be hunted.

Part 1: Why does Don Juan believe that routines are harmful to a person?

Part 2: Why does Castaneda think that routines are a good thing to have in one's life?

Part 3: What do you think? Do you think routines help or hurt people? Support your answer with real life experiences.

Essay Topic 2

Searching for power sounds like a difficult task for anyone to do, but Don Juan leads Castaneda on the quest nonetheless.

Part 1: Why is a search for power important for Castaneda to learn in his studies?

Part 2: Why do you think the search for power is such an unpredictable experience?

Part 3: Do you think Castaneda already has power or does he have to search for it outside of himself? Why did you choose the answer you did?

Essay Topic 3

The decision to meet with Don Juan is one that Castaneda does not make lightly. At the same time, it seems to be a decision he doesn't quite think through.

Part 1: Why do you think Castaneda choose Don Juan to work with in his book?

Part 2: Do you think Don Juan believes Castaneda to be a worthy student? Why or why not?

Part 3: What might Castaneda have done differently if he were to be able to redo his first meeting with Don Juan?

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