The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge 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. What is the year that Matus says he was born in?

2. __________ is an untamable power, protector, and teacher.

3. What does he put on the place to mark the spot where his vision changes?

4. The day after the sorcery, one must return to the ________ and ask the two participating lizards to come out again.

5. Matus carefully repeats this phrase four times: _________ will make you see and understand things about which no human being could possibly enlighten you.

Short Essay Questions

1. Which spot is the spot that Castaneda feels most comfortable and happy?

2. Why does Matus grow angry with Castaneda after his experience?

3. What area does Castaneda mark with his jacket?

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

5. What is the question Castaneda asks of the lizards as he was instructed not to ask anything personal the first time?

6. When Matus laughs at Castaneda's discomfort, what is the piece of advice he shares?

7. What will a person gain if they take Datura's second portion at least twenty times?

8. What question does Matus initially refuse to answer, saying that it is inappropriate for ordinary conversations?

9. What will happen if Castaneda does not receive his first 7 mescalitos from someone other than Matus?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of the 'man of knowledge' is one that Matus and Castaneda often repeat during this book's pages.

Part 1: Who or what is the 'man of knowledge?'

Part 2: Why is this 'man of knowledge' so important in the book?

Part 3: Is Castaneda striving to become a man of knowledge? Why or why not? Is Matus already a man of knowledge? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of having good intentions is something that factors into each session Matus and Castaneda share.

Part 1: Compare the intentions for Matus and Castaneda for at least two sessions they share.

Part 2: Why is it important to have a strong intention for the work the two men are sharing?

Part 3: What do you think might have happened if Castaneda did not have a strong intention for the work he does?

Essay Topic 3

The role of Matus in the story is part teacher, part benefactor, and part mystery. He knows much and teaches much, but says little and explains even less.

Part 1: Describe the character of Matus and what makes him a good teacher and medicine man, in your opinion.

Part 2: Why does Matus teach others the secrets he has learned from his benefactor?

Part 3: What do you think Matus gains from teaching others in this story?

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