The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge Test | Final 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. Whatever the song Castaneda has learned is for the _____________ to clarify.

2. Only by ___________ can Castaneda appreciate smoke's importance as an ally to him.

3. What does Castaneda realize he has forgotten after spending 90 minutes searching for the lizards?

4. Castaneda believes he has succumbed to the first enemy of man of ____________.

5. Where does Castaneda awaken when he consumes the last of the smoke mixture?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Matus and Castaneda do with the gray jelly while the second portion is prepared?

2. Why must Castaneda blink many times during his recollection of being a crow?

3. What does Matus have to say about the smoke mixture that Castaneda is preparing on his own now?

4. Why doesn't Matus need to smoke much anymore, though he still makes a new mixture each year?

5. What happens as Castaneda sings his song to Mescalito during the peyote ceremony?

6. What does Matus provide for Castaneda as they read themselves to test Devil's Weed again?

7. Why must the mixture previously collected and entrusted to Castaneda be used as soon as possible?

8. What ingredient is missing from the recipe that Matus learned from his benefactor?

9. What does Castaneda see when he wakes up beside his plant?

10. What convinces Matus that the weed likes Castaneda?

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

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 3

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?

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