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

3. What is for those who 'watch and see?'

4. What is replenished at the spot where Castaneda feels the most comfortable?

5. Matus announces that he has _________ in order to find out Castaneda's intentions.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the advice Matus gives to Castaneda as he is being tested to see if he is worthy of Mescalito?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the test Matus has for Castaneda in order to determine if he dares to meet Mescalito?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sometimes the experiences Castaneda has during this story are seemingly times when he goes mad or loses control of his senses.

Part 1: Describe the scene in which Castaneda is playing with the black dog.

Part 2: Do you think this black dog is real? Why or why not?

Part 3: What are some other explanations for the presence of the black dog in this scene?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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