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. The opinions of those willing to talk about Mescalito are worth ________, according to Matus.

2. Who does Castaneda see carrying a large knapsack?

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

4. Where does Castaneda hang his figurine after Matus is done preparing it?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Though Castaneda and Matus are not able to work together all the time, what does this provide to Castaneda?

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

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

5. Why do people keep Mescalito in a bag fastened around their arm or neck?

6. What does Matus claim is proof that the Jimson Weed likes Castaneda?

7. Where are Castaneda and the six Indians driving to when he arrives at Matus' home on August 4, 1961?

8. What area does Castaneda mark with his shoe?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the things many readers question about the book Castaneda writes is its validity. After all, the reader is not there to see whether these events actually took place.

Part 1: Cite some details in the story that might make a reader question the truthfulness of this story.

Part 2: Cite some details in the story that might make a reader more convinced the events actually took place.

Part 3: Does it matter if the events in the story actually happened? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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