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 that the rocks around him are not rocks, but rather they are _________ that hold him suspended.

2. Don Juan reminds Castaneda of the time he mentally jammed his ___________ so that he could not use it.

3. Don Juan tells Castaneda to work on his _________ as if nothing has happened.

4. When Don Juan and Castaneda go to a certain place of power, it is explained this rock formation is a place where warriors were once __________.

5. Castaneda learns how to do a dance that thumps like a __________ from Don Juan in the evening.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Death is something which appears in many forms in this book and Don Juan does not shy away from bringing up death in their training together.

Part 1: Why is it important to acknowledge the presence of death in this story?

Part 2: What can a person do when they acknowledge their own ability to die?

Part 3: Why do you think many people are afraid to acknowledge the possibility of death?

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 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?

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