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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 Castaneda to eat along with the other men who are there?

2. The lizards are never wrong, so Castaneda must have been thinking about ___________ when asking his questions.

3. How many times do Castaneda and Matus repeat the cycle of taking peyote before Castaneda throws up?

4. What color does Castaneda see after he takes the advice of Matus?

5. When Castaneda organizes his observations of the work he's done, what does he hope to show?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What area does Castaneda mark with his shoe?

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

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

6. Two years after accepting an apprentice, what does Matus prepare to do with Castaneda?

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

8. Why does Castaneda know more about Mescalito than Matus does?

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

10. Why does Carlos Castaneda want to work with Don Juan Matus?

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

To some, the actions in this story might seem to be based on superstition instead of on actual fact and truth.

Part 1: List at least three actions taken in this story that seem to be based on superstition.

Part 2: Do you think the warnings that go along with these actions are based on truth? Would something bad happen if the warnings were not heeded? Why or why not?

Part 3: Explain the reasons for using such warnings with a student in this plant medicine.

Essay Topic 3

The Jimson Weed is said to give its user feelings of power and of total domination over others, which can make men change in positive and in negative ways.

Part 1: How is power defined in relation to Jimson Weed? What kinds of power does the weed provide?

Part 2: Why is this feeling of power something that is harmful to those who utilize the weed?

Part 3: Why do you think this plant is used in order to teach students if it is also something which might corrupt them?

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