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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. Anything can be a ______________, these are childish toys that are needed only when one lacks an ally.

2. What is Castaneda able to do which makes him feel quite pleased with himself?

3. What is the figurine of the man carded from a female Datura root, holding an agave thorn like a spear?

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

5. ____________ is the crack between the worlds, according to Matus.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Matus declare all is well the next evening after Castaneda has taken the buttons?

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

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

7. What area does Castaneda mark with his jacket?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The work with Mescalito is intense and in the end quite satisfying for Castaneda.

Part 1: Describe two of the experiences Castaneda has with Mescalito.

Part 2: Does Mescalito seem to be helping Castaneda in his questions and in his lessons? Why or why not?

Part 3: Is Mescalito a separate entity or is it something that is within Castaneda? How did you come to your answer?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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