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 Castaneda feel like doing when he goes to where his plant is?

2. What does Castaneda do when he finally sees the real Matus before him?

3. Castaneda rates his night with the weed as truly _________.

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

5. What would have happened to Castaneda had he moved from his beneficial spot on the porch?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Describe the details of Castaneda's final encounter 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

There are three main guides that seem to help Castaneda during the course of the story such as protectors, benefactors, and allies.

Part 1: Define each of the following terms: protectors, benefactors, and allies.

Part 2: What do each of these guides have to teach to Castaneda?

Part 3: Which of the guides do you think would help you the most? Why did you choose the guide you did?

Essay Topic 3

The sewing of the lizards is a harsh scene in the book.

Part 1: Describe the sewing of the lizards and why this is done in the story.

Part 2: Wouldn't this harming of the animals be hurting nature and somehow not being grateful to it? Isn't this in direct opposition to the way Matus treats the rest of the gifts of nature?

Part 3: What was your reaction to the images of the lizards? Did you believe this to actually have happened?

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