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

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

3. Where does Castaneda absentmindedly spread the paste?

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

5. Castaneda remembers a vision of ___________ tossing him in the air.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Castaneda hide from after he consumes one more button after talking with Mescalito?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of Matus in the story is part teacher, part benefactor, and part mystery. He knows much and teaches much, but says little and explains even less.

Part 1: Describe the character of Matus and what makes him a good teacher and medicine man, in your opinion.

Part 2: Why does Matus teach others the secrets he has learned from his benefactor?

Part 3: What do you think Matus gains from teaching others in this story?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of the 'man of knowledge' is one that Matus and Castaneda often repeat during this book's pages.

Part 1: Who or what is the 'man of knowledge?'

Part 2: Why is this 'man of knowledge' so important in the book?

Part 3: Is Castaneda striving to become a man of knowledge? Why or why not? Is Matus already a man of knowledge? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

To some, the actions in this story might seem to be based on superstition instead of on actual fact and truth.

Part 1: List at least three actions taken in this story that seem to be based on superstition.

Part 2: Do you think the warnings that go along with these actions are based on truth? Would something bad happen if the warnings were not heeded? Why or why not?

Part 3: Explain the reasons for using such warnings with a student in this plant medicine.

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