The Way of the Shaman Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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. In his guided, step-by-step instructions for a first journey, Harner instructs the aspiring shaman to eat:
(a) Chicken.
(b) Only seeds and fruit.
(c) Lightly.
(d) Nothing.

2. A shaman might enter a shamanic state of consciousness to bring back messages for whom?
(a) Non-traditional doctors in ordinary reality.
(b) Doctors treating a patient.
(c) A patient in ordinary reality.
(d) A patient's loved ones.

3. During their "dreamtime," Australian Aruntas often become what?
(a) Kangaroos.
(b) Platypus.
(c) Eagle hawks.
(d) Dolphin whales.

4. Harner asserts that shamanism has advanced in areas without technological innovations because:
(a) These people are neither distracted nor electromagnetically impaired by electronic interference.
(b) Of the need by these people to find ways to deal with survival and health issues.
(c) Technology hasn't erased these people's ability to tap into their intuition.
(d) The plant world communicates better with people when there is no technological interference.

5. What do negative big dreams carry, according to the author?
(a) Important messages.
(b) Excessive burdens.
(c) Bad karma.
(d) Irrelevant information.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Harner end his first shamanic journey exercise for the reader?

2. Apprentice shamans sometimes report to Harner that they:

3. Who does the author quote as an expert on the subject of altered states?

4. The shamans among Scandinavian Laps often become what?

5. How might a shaman be distinguished from other medicine men?

(see the answer key)

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