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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many Indians are sitting on the porch when Castaneda arrives to meet with Matus?
(a) 4.
(b) 3.
(c) 0.
(d) 6.

2. What does Matus prepare for Castaneda from the root extract?
(a) Medicine bag.
(b) Smoke.
(c) Hot drink.
(d) Tincture.

3. What is Castaneda studying at the University of California, Los Angeles?
(a) Anthropology.
(b) Medicine.
(c) Biology.
(d) Chemistry.

4. These drug experiences help Castaneda learn more about states of ______________.
(a) Brain function.
(b) Non-ordinary reality.
(c) Drug use.
(d) Consciousness.

5. What is made of equal portions of Datura seeds and the weevils that live off of them?
(a) Coffee.
(b) Paste.
(c) Soup.
(d) Smoke.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Castaneda see carrying a large knapsack?

2. What is the figurine of the man carded from a female Datura root, holding an agave thorn like a spear?

3. Breaking or losing a pipe will mean ___________ for the person who causes harm.

4. What changes when Castaneda moves to a particular spot on the porch?

5. What is the other name Matus uses for 'teacher' in the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. After a year of sidestepping questions from Castaneda about Peyote, what does Matus account?

2. What is the advice Matus gives to Castaneda as he is being tested to see if he is worthy of Mescalito?

3. What is the test Matus has for Castaneda in order to determine if he dares to meet Mescalito?

4. Describe the appearance of the two lizards that Matus shows to Castaneda.

5. What are the differences between the male and the female Jimson Weed plants?

6. What happens when Castaneda's guide and helper arranges a meeting between Castaneda and Matus?

7. Once someone knows Mescalito well, what does 'he' appear as?

8. What does Castaneda begin to experience by the sixth cycle of taking dry buttons?

9. What does Castaneda do with the dog he sees while he is taking the mescalitos?

10. What does Castaneda focus on the Indians' pre-contact use of, as illustrated by his experiences in this book?

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