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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 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

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 3

One of the things many readers question about the book Castaneda writes is its validity. After all, the reader is not there to see whether these events actually took place.

Part 1: Cite some details in the story that might make a reader question the truthfulness of this story.

Part 2: Cite some details in the story that might make a reader more convinced the events actually took place.

Part 3: Does it matter if the events in the story actually happened? Why or why not?

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