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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 does Castaneda fall asleep by when he begins to sense the energies of the porch?

2. What is the other name given to a person who is considered to be a medicine man?

3. What does Matus hold up in Castaneda's face which causes him to become nauseous at the sight?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What area does Castaneda mark with his jacket?

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

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

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

6. What does Castaneda begin to experience by the sixth cycle of taking dry buttons?

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

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

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

10. When Matus laughs at Castaneda's discomfort, what is the piece of advice he shares?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The idea of having good intentions is something that factors into each session Matus and Castaneda share.

Part 1: Compare the intentions for Matus and Castaneda for at least two sessions they share.

Part 2: Why is it important to have a strong intention for the work the two men are sharing?

Part 3: What do you think might have happened if Castaneda did not have a strong intention for the work he does?

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