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. What is Castaneda warned not to do when they are down by the creek?

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

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

4. What does Matus tell Castaneda to rinse with, but not to swallow?

5. What sweetens the smoke that Matus and Castaneda are preparing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Matus not on his porch as usual on November 23rd, causing Castaneda to worry?

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

4. Why do people keep Mescalito in a bag fastened around their arm or neck?

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

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

7. What does Matus not like about Jimson Weed, the next plant that Castaneda and he explore together?

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

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

10. What are the differences between the male and the female Jimson Weed plants?

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

In the world around them, Matus and Castaneda become aware of signs and signals that tell them whether or not they are on the right path.

Part 1: Cite three examples of signs Matus and Castaneda see in the world around them. What do they mean?

Part 2: Why do you think Matus trusts nature so much to tell him what he needs to know?

Part 3: In what ways do people today look to nature to help them make decisions about their lives?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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