The Way of the Shaman Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

Michael Harner
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4, Power Animals.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the purpose of rapid drumming during the guided journey that Harner takes new students through?
(a) To help the person connect to his or her own heartbeat.
(b) To keep the student from falling asleep during the exercise.
(c) To move the student through stages of non-ordinary reality.
(d) To bring the person back to ordinary reality.

3. It is typical for one or more spirits to help guide the shaman through what?
(a) A time-honored ritual.
(b) The ninth dimension.
(c) A series of questions only the shaman hears.
(d) A hidden or non-ordinary reality.

4. Among other sensations in his experience with the Conibo, Harner experiences a sense of flying inside what?
(a) A water well.
(b) A spaceship.
(c) A mountain.
(d) A zero-gravity orb.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What similarity does Harner point out between shamanism and science?

2. Harner asserts that shamanism has advanced in areas without technological innovations because:

3. What is the role of amnesia in a shaman's rituals?

4. Why does the author say dancing is an effective way to keep one's animal close?

5. What is the purpose of rattles used during a shaman's work?

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