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. Who is Castaneda meant to meet face to face as a result of this test?

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

3. Jimson Weed and Mushrooms are used to acquire __________.

4. How has Castaneda has kept track of his experiences with Matus?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Matus grow angry with Castaneda after his experience?

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

8. What area does Castaneda mark with his jacket?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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