The Way of the Shaman Quiz | One Week Quiz A

Michael Harner
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6, Power Practices.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Myths and stories that have been passed down typically refer to:
(a) Animal groups possessing supernatural strength.
(b) Individual animals instead of animal groups.
(c) Animal groups instead of individual animals.
(d) Individual hero animals.

2. On his or her first guided journey, the shaman student is asked by Harner to visualize what?
(a) A favorite animal or element of nature.
(b) A quiet, tranquil scene that includes the element of water.
(c) An opening in the earth that feels acceptable.
(d) A starry sky and the patterns the stars form.

3. In the exercise Harner gives the reader for dancing one's animal guardian spirit, what is the participant asked to do?
(a) Shake rattles in six directions.
(b) Visualize the animal that is sought.
(c) Wear a mask of the animal being summoned.
(d) Drum vigorously for six minutes.

4. In some traditions, how is a quartz crystal recharged?
(a) Leaving it out in an intense thunderstorm.
(b) Through a three-day ceremony of incense burning and constant chanting.
(c) Asking a power animal to dance with it in Lowerworld.
(d) Cleansing in the ocean or a spring, then left out in the sun on the solstice.

5. Why does the author say dancing is an effective way to keep one's animal close?
(a) Animals are attracted to movement.
(b) Animals are hypnotized by the dancing.
(c) It creates vibrant energy the animal enjoys.
(d) It exercises and honors the animal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why might a shaman work in darkness?

2. Why does a shaman enter a shamanic state of consciousness?

3. Harner notes that in modern technology, quartz crystals are used in what?

4. Which of the following does NOT help a shaman enter a shamanic state of consciousness?

5. Included in the reports from participants of Harner's first guided shamanic exercise are:

(see the answer key)

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