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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. Matus carefully repeats this phrase four times: _________ will make you see and understand things about which no human being could possibly enlighten you.

2. In the end, how many buttons of peyote do the men consume individually?

3. When Castaneda organizes his observations of the work he's done, what does he hope to show?

4. What does Castaneda gain from not being able to study with Matus for longer period of time?

5. What approaches Castaneda as he is sweeping the ground with his pinpoint vision?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What area does Castaneda mark with his shoe?

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

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

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

8. Why does Matus grow angry with Castaneda after his experience?

9. What does Matus not like about Jimson Weed, the next plant that Castaneda and he explore together?

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

In the world around them, Matus and Castaneda become aware of signs and signals that tell them whether or not they are on the right path.

Part 1: Cite three examples of signs Matus and Castaneda see in the world around them. What do they mean?

Part 2: Why do you think Matus trusts nature so much to tell him what he needs to know?

Part 3: In what ways do people today look to nature to help them make decisions about their lives?

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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