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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 does Matus tell Castaneda to rinse with, but not to swallow?

2. What is for those who 'watch and see?'

3. Where do Matus and Castaneda go in order to hunt for honguitos?

4. Castaneda plays and ________ with this image from #45.

5. What does Castaneda see that causes Matus to believe Datura likes him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the four 'heads' of Jimson Weed, or Devil's Weed?

2. Why must the mixture previously collected and entrusted to Castaneda be used as soon as possible?

3. Why does Matus believe the Devil's Weed must like Castaneda very much?

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

5. What does Castaneda recall after already spending 90 minutes looking for lizards?

6. What area does Castaneda mark with his jacket?

7. What does Matus tell Castaneda the next day after Castaneda has fallen asleep during the smoking?

8. What happens as Castaneda sings his song to Mescalito during the peyote ceremony?

9. Why must Castaneda blink many times during his recollection of being a crow?

10. Why does Matus laugh at Castaneda as he tries to meet with his ally again?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While Castaneda is in the role of the student in this story, he is also in the role of the researcher.

Part 1: Does Castaneda's need to collect information for his project get in the way of his work with Matus? How?

Part 2: Do you think Castaneda is biased in his work with Matus? Why or why not?

Part 3: How might Castaneda have better balanced his roles as a student and researcher in order to get more out of each role?

Essay Topic 2

In the world around them, Matus and Castaneda become aware of signs and signals that tell them whether or not they are on the right path.

Part 1: Cite three examples of signs Matus and Castaneda see in the world around them. What do they mean?

Part 2: Why do you think Matus trusts nature so much to tell him what he needs to know?

Part 3: In what ways do people today look to nature to help them make decisions about their lives?

Essay Topic 3

The sewing of the lizards is a harsh scene in the book.

Part 1: Describe the sewing of the lizards and why this is done in the story.

Part 2: Wouldn't this harming of the animals be hurting nature and somehow not being grateful to it? Isn't this in direct opposition to the way Matus treats the rest of the gifts of nature?

Part 3: What was your reaction to the images of the lizards? Did you believe this to actually have happened?

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