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. Why does Harner say it's important that the shaman does not tell the patient's family that he already has the ordinary form of the spirit in his mouth?
(a) The symbolic act of expelling the ordinary form is part of the ritual rather than the actual act that removes the intruder spirit.
(b) It will frighten the family, and this fear will work against the energies applied by the shaman.
(c) The physical manifestation that has infected the patient will read the family's thoughts, rendering the cure useless.
(d) The family should not know what is happening to the patient without the patient's explicit permission.

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

3. In a drug-induced vision, Harner sees demons as:
(a) Beetles.
(b) Faceless ghosts.
(c) Fish with teeth.
(d) Reptiles.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Jivaro shaman help Harner acquire?

2. After a journey that lasts several days in the jungle with his companions, Harner is taken where?

3. What is a shaman able to do to restore health in a person with the assistance of appropriate spirit helpers?

4. Why is Harner afraid to take maikua?

5. Harner's reports of the rituals, symbols, and visions of the different tribes he observes are what?

(see the answer key)

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