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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. Who carefully scrubs the roots, stems, and leaves when they are done gathering plants from the canyons?

2. Matus says that one should approach knowledge as one approaches __________.

3. Visions must be ___________ to rather than viewed, says Matus laughing at Castaneda's experience.

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

5. What is made of equal portions of Datura seeds and the weevils that live off of them?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the four 'heads' of Jimson Weed, or Devil's Weed?

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

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

4. Why does Matus declare all is well the next evening after Castaneda has taken the buttons?

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

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

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

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

9. What will happen if Castaneda does not receive his first 7 mescalitos from someone other than Matus?

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 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 2

To some, the actions in this story might seem to be based on superstition instead of on actual fact and truth.

Part 1: List at least three actions taken in this story that seem to be based on superstition.

Part 2: Do you think the warnings that go along with these actions are based on truth? Would something bad happen if the warnings were not heeded? Why or why not?

Part 3: Explain the reasons for using such warnings with a student in this plant medicine.

Essay Topic 3

The work with Mescalito is intense and in the end quite satisfying for Castaneda.

Part 1: Describe two of the experiences Castaneda has with Mescalito.

Part 2: Does Mescalito seem to be helping Castaneda in his questions and in his lessons? Why or why not?

Part 3: Is Mescalito a separate entity or is it something that is within Castaneda? How did you come to your answer?

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