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. The worlds of ______ and men overlap, but a crack opens and closes between them.

2. What kind of animal has Castaneda's head turned into?

3. What gives Castaneda the strength to run back to the group and to embrace them on his last night?

4. Where is Castaneda hiding when Matus hands him his clothes?

5. After seeing flashes of ________, Castaneda sees a fast barrage of images.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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