The Way of the Shaman Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

Michael Harner
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1, Discovering the Way.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With the help of spirit helpers and two tsentak inside his mouth, the shaman can help the patient by:
(a) Frightening the intruder out.
(b) Smoking out the intruder.
(c) Swallowing the intruder.
(d) Vomiting out the intruder.

2. What does Harner point out about the Lakota Sioux and the Coast Salish tribes?
(a) Shun the practice of shamanism and instead pass down stories from one generation to the next.
(b) They achieve altered states of consciousness without using hallucinogenic substances.
(c) Are the best natural healers in the world.
(d) Were the first tribes known to practice shamanism.

3. Through numerous examples, the author shows the commonality of experiences by shamans regardless of what?
(a) Their locations or traditions.
(b) Their state of mind.
(c) Their authenticity.
(d) Their schooling.

4. What does the author encounter when he drinks maikua?
(a) A frightening emptiness.
(b) Beloved pets he knew as a child.
(c) Dangerous creatures.
(d) Winged benevolent beings.

5. Why does Harner include the examples of the Lakota Sioux and Coast Salish tribes for Westerners in particular?
(a) To illustrate the universal nature of shamanism.
(b) Because more than anyone else, Westerners need to understand the nuances of shamanism.
(c) So that they can see that shamanism can be accessed without the use of drugs.
(d) To give them examples of shamanism that might be more familiar to them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the tsentak?

2. After Harner is awakened from his maikua trance, what is he given?

3. Why is Harner afraid to take maikua?

4. Among other sensations in his experience with the Conibo, Harner experiences a sense of flying inside what?

5. In early experiences with the Conibo, Harner hears rushing:

(see the answer key)

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