Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Don Juan tells Castaneda: "The secret is not in what you do ________________, but rather in what you don't do."

2. As Castaneda might become deathly ill, they must go to his place of ____________ to be cleansed and restored.

3. Don Juan says the Castaneda reminds him of himself - he did not want to be a _____________ either.

4. Castaneda is learning to make traps in order to catch an animal who can provide him with ______________.

5. Don Juan uses a rock to show the idea of not-doing. "To look at it is ___________ but to see is __________."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Within the search for power, Don Juan tells Castaneda he must also be accessible to power, which seems to go against previous lessons in some ways.

Part 1: Why is it important for a person to be accessible to power, according to Don Juan?

Part 2: How does being accessible to power conflict with the idea of being less accessible? Can you have both in your life? Why or why not?

Part 3: What is the purpose of being accessible to power? What are the benefits to Castaneda?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The goal of becoming a hunter is not what Castaneda planned to do when he decided to work with Don Juan for his school project.

Part 1: Why is becoming a hunter essential to Castaneda's success with Don Juan?

Part 2: What qualities make Castaneda a strong hunter? A weak hunter?

Part 3: What might the process of learning to be a hunter be a metaphor for in the two men's work together?

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