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

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

3. What does Castaneda point out, but Matus ignores as he tells Castaneda he has committed a faux pas?

4. What is made of equal portions of Datura seeds and the weevils that live off of them?

5. What are honguitos, the things Matus and Castaneda have to travel five days in order to find?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What area does Castaneda mark with his jacket?

5. What does Castaneda focus on the Indians' pre-contact use of, as illustrated by his experiences in this book?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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