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. How many years pass after accepting an apprenticeship does Matus prepare to initiate Castaneda to ally powers?

2. In what state does Matus reside, as Castaneda arrives there on August 4, 1961?

3. What is repulsing and frightening to him in one of the places he has marked?

4. What is NOT one of the plants that Matus and Castaneda use within this text?

5. What does Diablero mean, as Matus defines it in the course of the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Matus claim is proof that the Jimson Weed likes Castaneda?

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

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

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

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

7. Two years after accepting an apprentice, what does Matus prepare to do with Castaneda?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of the 'man of knowledge' is one that Matus and Castaneda often repeat during this book's pages.

Part 1: Who or what is the 'man of knowledge?'

Part 2: Why is this 'man of knowledge' so important in the book?

Part 3: Is Castaneda striving to become a man of knowledge? Why or why not? Is Matus already a man of knowledge? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A skeptic might have troubles believing the events which take place in this book, according to Castaneda's notes.

Part 1: Describe one peyote experience of Castaneda's.

Part 2: Do you think these events Castaneda documented actually happened? Why or why not?

Part 3: In what ways do you think Castaneda could have made his descriptions more convincing? Or is what he wrote enough?

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