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. Where does Castaneda awaken when he consumes the last of the smoke mixture?

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

4. What secretes digestive acids that want to dissolve Castaneda?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Matus tell Castaneda the next day after Castaneda has fallen asleep during the smoking?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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