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. What does Matus mix with the plant parts, just as his benefactor had him do?

2. Matus tells Castaneda not to ____ and to do what he says.

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

4. Where does Castaneda absentmindedly spread the paste?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Matus diagnose as Castaneda continues to feel shallow states of non-ordinary reality?

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

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

5. Why does Matus believe the Devil's Weed must like Castaneda very much?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The lessons Castaneda learns during this story are many, both from the medicines he takes and the discussions with Matus.

Part 1: List at least three lessons Castaneda has learned from his work with Matus.

Part 2: How has Castaneda changed as a person since beginning the work with Matus?

Part 3: Do you think Castaneda is forever changed by his experiences? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between Matus and Castaneda is the guiding force in the story, each helping the other learn and grow in their understanding of themselves.

Part 1: Describe the relationship between Matus and Castaneda at the beginning of this book, before their work together begins.

Part 2: Compare and contrast the relationship between Matus and Castaneda from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. What changes?

Part 3: Why do you think Matus took Castaneda on as a student? What reasons might he have had outside of what he shared?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of having good intentions is something that factors into each session Matus and Castaneda share.

Part 1: Compare the intentions for Matus and Castaneda for at least two sessions they share.

Part 2: Why is it important to have a strong intention for the work the two men are sharing?

Part 3: What do you think might have happened if Castaneda did not have a strong intention for the work he does?

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