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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. How many of the animals do Don Juan and Castaneda keep for themselves for eating?

2. To be a hunter, according to Don Juan, one cannot have _________.

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

4. What is the animal Castaneda interacted with when he was under the influence of the peyote?

5. Castaneda's problem, according to Don Juan, is that he compulsively _________ everything to everyone.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Castaneda's father promise to do when he was young, though he never followed through on this promise?

2. What is the lesson that Castaneda learns from the beetle that comes out a hole inches from his face?

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

4. What needs to happen in order for Don Juan to know Castaneda is ready to hunt power?

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

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

7. How does Don Juan say that a good hunter will always know when someone else has been somewhere?

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

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

10. What does Don Juan give to Castaneda, saying they will keep him warm during the night?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The concept of self-importance seems to be another obstacle that stands in the way of Castaneda's growth with the teaching of Don Juan.

Part 1: Why does Don Juan think self-importance is problematic for learning and growing?

Part 2: Why doesn't Castaneda recognize his own self-importance?

Part 3: How might self-importance affect Castaneda's ability to learn? Or would it? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The different images of Don Juan confuse the men who see him shift from one image to the next as the men relate their stories to each other.

Part 1: What do you think the significance is of each of the costumes that Don Juan seems to wear?

Part 2: Why do you think the image was different for each man?

Part 3: Why do you think Castaneda is convinced that his view was the right one?

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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