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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 kinds of plants did the Indians use for pleasure, curing, and witchcraft?

2. Who carefully scrubs the roots, stems, and leaves when they are done gathering plants from the canyons?

3. Matus dares Castaneda to meet __________ by having him perform a particular test.

4. Whose house do the group of Indians and Castaneda go to in the dingy white truck?

5. Mescalito is not a _______ to be used for personal reasons.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the name that Matus gives to his own teacher and what does it mean?

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

6. After a year of sidestepping questions from Castaneda about Peyote, what does Matus account?

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

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

9. What is the advice Matus gives to Castaneda as he is being tested to see if he is worthy of Mescalito?

10. Describe the appearance of the two lizards that Matus shows to Castaneda.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Castaneda has to fight other spirits which mean him harm, we can see just how engaged he must be in his work.

Part 1: Why does Castaneda recognize the spirits he fights to be out to harm him?

Part 2: What might have happened if Castaneda did not try to fight back?

Part 3: What was the purpose of the fighting with those imitators? What does this teach Castaneda?

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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