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

2. Matus begins to talk about smoke as an ___________ during his third year with Castaneda.

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

4. What does Matus confess to not doing during Castaneda's trance?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Where does Castaneda wake up during his last night of smoking the mixture?

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

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

8. Describe the details of Castaneda's final encounter with Mescalito.

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

10. Describe what happens to Castaneda on the first night of his peyote ceremony.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Jimson Weed is said to give its user feelings of power and of total domination over others, which can make men change in positive and in negative ways.

Part 1: How is power defined in relation to Jimson Weed? What kinds of power does the weed provide?

Part 2: Why is this feeling of power something that is harmful to those who utilize the weed?

Part 3: Why do you think this plant is used in order to teach students if it is also something which might corrupt them?

Essay Topic 2

When Castaneda has to fight other spirits which mean him harm, we can see just how engaged he must be in his work.

Part 1: Why does Castaneda recognize the spirits he fights to be out to harm him?

Part 2: What might have happened if Castaneda did not try to fight back?

Part 3: What was the purpose of the fighting with those imitators? What does this teach Castaneda?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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