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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 find ridiculous to suggest, as Castaneda does, as they are Mescalito's guests?

2. Who is Matus' benefactor's ally, as introduced to Castaneda in this chapter?

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

4. How many years pass after accepting an apprenticeship does Matus prepare to initiate Castaneda to ally powers?

5. What does Matus prepare for Castaneda from the root extract?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Matus declare all is well the next evening after Castaneda has taken the buttons?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Matus provide for Castaneda as they read themselves to test Devil's Weed again?

8. What does Castaneda do when he realizes the figure walking out of the house is not his mentor?

9. What does Matus urge Castaneda to do before smoking again?

10. When he is called with "Hey boy!" why doesn't Castaneda come into Matus' house?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

A skeptic might have troubles believing the events which take place in this book, according to Castaneda's notes.

Part 1: Describe one peyote experience of Castaneda's.

Part 2: Do you think these events Castaneda documented actually happened? Why or why not?

Part 3: In what ways do you think Castaneda could have made his descriptions more convincing? Or is what he wrote enough?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between Matus and Castaneda is the guiding force in the story, each helping the other learn and grow in their understanding of themselves.

Part 1: Describe the relationship between Matus and Castaneda at the beginning of this book, before their work together begins.

Part 2: Compare and contrast the relationship between Matus and Castaneda from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. What changes?

Part 3: Why do you think Matus took Castaneda on as a student? What reasons might he have had outside of what he shared?

Essay Topic 3

There is a lot of ritual and ceremony in this book, often to encourage the spirits of the plants to work with Castaneda or with Matus.

Part 1: Define the idea of ritual and of ceremony as it is seen in this book.

Part 2: Why is it important that the men attach a ritual or a ceremony to the work they do?

Part 3: What might happen without the addition of ritual or of ceremony? Does it not matter if these aspects are included or not?

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