The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge Test | Lesson Plans 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. 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

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 relationship between Matus and Castaneda is the guiding force in the story, each helping the other learn and grow in their understanding of themselves.

Part 1: Describe the relationship between Matus and Castaneda at the beginning of this book, before their work together begins.

Part 2: Compare and contrast the relationship between Matus and Castaneda from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. What changes?

Part 3: Why do you think Matus took Castaneda on as a student? What reasons might he have had outside of what he shared?

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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