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. Matus does not want a description of Castaneda's experience because he has not traveled anywhere or ______________.

2. _________ is not moody or petty, so the order of collection is unimportant, but the mixture must be exact.

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

4. What can Castaneda do in order to fight the person who took away his soul?

5. Who has stolen Castaneda's soul?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What convinces Matus that the weed likes Castaneda?

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

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

9. When he is called with "Hey boy!" why doesn't Castaneda come into Matus' house?

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

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

While Castaneda is in the role of the student in this story, he is also in the role of the researcher.

Part 1: Does Castaneda's need to collect information for his project get in the way of his work with Matus? How?

Part 2: Do you think Castaneda is biased in his work with Matus? Why or why not?

Part 3: How might Castaneda have better balanced his roles as a student and researcher in order to get more out of each role?

Essay Topic 3

There is a lot of ritual and ceremony in this book, often to encourage the spirits of the plants to work with Castaneda or with Matus.

Part 1: Define the idea of ritual and of ceremony as it is seen in this book.

Part 2: Why is it important that the men attach a ritual or a ceremony to the work they do?

Part 3: What might happen without the addition of ritual or of ceremony? Does it not matter if these aspects are included or not?

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