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. Castaneda waits all day for Matus to mention something about _____________.

2. Castaneda must learn to ___________ like a crow, which is difficult, but not painful.

3. What kind of song does Mescalito teach to Castaneda on the third night?

4. How many buttons does Mescalito tell Castaneda to consume after Castaneda calls the name Mescalito has given him?

5. Where is Castaneda hiding when Matus hands him his clothes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Castaneda feels after smoking the mixture in Matus' pipe.

3. What does Castaneda recall after already spending 90 minutes looking for lizards?

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

5. Why does Matus laugh at Castaneda as he tries to meet with his ally again?

6. What are some things Matus tells Castaneda he can do to get his soul back?

7. What does Castaneda do when he realizes the figure walking out of the house is not his mentor?

8. What does Matus urge Castaneda to do before smoking again?

9. What does Castaneda hide from after he consumes one more button after talking with Mescalito?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

At many points of the story, Matus does not give Castaneda answers to his questions, leading to confusion and often frustration in Castaneda.

Part 1: List at least two questions that Castaneda asks of Matus but does not get an answer for.

Part 2: Why do you think Matus chooses not to answer some of Castaneda's questions, but does choose to answer others?

Part 3: Do you think Castaneda would learn more if Matus told him everything up front? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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