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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 is Castaneda studying at the University of California, Los Angeles?

2. What happens to the answer in #45 as it drinks?

3. Who does Castaneda see carrying a large knapsack?

4. Castaneda should focus on his _________ rather than on his fear.

5. What does he use for the spot where the porch turns from chartreuse to other colors?

Short Essay Questions

1. What area does Castaneda mark with his jacket?

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

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

4. What has Matus decided Castaneda is ready to endure?

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

6. How does Datura enslave her followers, according to Castaneda?

7. What is the question Castaneda asks of the lizards as he was instructed not to ask anything personal the first time?

8. Why does Castaneda know more about Mescalito than Matus does?

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

10. Describe the details of Castaneda's final encounter with Mescalito.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The knowledge Castaneda gains is certainly stunning when one looks at the final summary of Castaneda's experiences.

Part 1: What are three of the points Castaneda makes in the final section of the book?

Part 2: Does this knowledge come from the plants directly or from Castaneda's subconscious? Why do you answer the way you do?

Part 3: Do you think Castaneda would have learned more if he has studied with Matus more frequently? Why or why not?

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

In the story, Castaneda is slowly led to the answers he is looking for, through the careful instruction by Matus. At times, the lessons are quite difficult and at other times, they can seem like common sense.

Part 1: Describe the process in which Castaneda has to collect the ingredients to make his own smoke.

Part 2: Why is it important for Castaneda to learn this long and drawn out process?

Part 3: Why do you think the process of learning about smoke mixture creation is so long and detailed?

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