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 believes he has succumbed to the first enemy of man of ____________.

2. Castaneda's vision tells him to return where to think about his plan to escape?

3. What is the name for the four day peyote ceremony that Castaneda does with Matus' help?

4. Matus does not want a description of Castaneda's experience because he has not traveled anywhere or ______________.

5. What does Castaneda feel like doing when he goes to where his plant is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What convinces Matus that the weed likes Castaneda?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the things many readers question about the book Castaneda writes is its validity. After all, the reader is not there to see whether these events actually took place.

Part 1: Cite some details in the story that might make a reader question the truthfulness of this story.

Part 2: Cite some details in the story that might make a reader more convinced the events actually took place.

Part 3: Does it matter if the events in the story actually happened? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between Matus and Castaneda is the guiding force in the story, each helping the other learn and grow in their understanding of themselves.

Part 1: Describe the relationship between Matus and Castaneda at the beginning of this book, before their work together begins.

Part 2: Compare and contrast the relationship between Matus and Castaneda from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. What changes?

Part 3: Why do you think Matus took Castaneda on as a student? What reasons might he have had outside of what he shared?

Essay Topic 3

There is a lot of ritual and ceremony in this book, often to encourage the spirits of the plants to work with Castaneda or with Matus.

Part 1: Define the idea of ritual and of ceremony as it is seen in this book.

Part 2: Why is it important that the men attach a ritual or a ceremony to the work they do?

Part 3: What might happen without the addition of ritual or of ceremony? Does it not matter if these aspects are included or not?

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