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

2. The ___________ prevents Castaneda from becoming a full-fledged apprentice.

3. How many Indians are sitting on the porch when Castaneda arrives to meet with Matus?

4. Matus knows Castaneda's good _______________ and tests him.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 are three main guides that seem to help Castaneda during the course of the story such as protectors, benefactors, and allies.

Part 1: Define each of the following terms: protectors, benefactors, and allies.

Part 2: What do each of these guides have to teach to Castaneda?

Part 3: Which of the guides do you think would help you the most? Why did you choose the guide you did?

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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