The Way of the Shaman Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

Michael Harner
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2, The Shamanic Journey: Introduction.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What do various cultures report noticing the shaman give off when in a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) Light in a halo effect.
(b) Rhythmic sounds.
(c) A highly directional beam of light, like a laser.
(d) An unusually sweet aroma.

3. The author shows that all religious traditions share:
(a) Mystical and symbolic similarities.
(b) One common origin.
(c) A mistrust of shamans and mysticism.
(d) Similarities in styles of worship.

4. In his attempt to find spirit helpers with the assistance of a Jivaro shaman from Ecuador, what does the author do?
(a) He joins Jivaro in an out-of-body ritual.
(b) He spiritually goes to a cave underneath a waterfall.
(c) He calls out to spirit helpers in the rainforest.
(d) He repeats an ancient chant Jivaro teaches him.

5. Harner asserts that shamanism transcends any particular what?
(a) Scholarly assessment.
(b) Culture.
(c) Falsehood.
(d) Philosophy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Harner say that middle-class Americans report experiencing on their shamanic attempts?

2. Which of the following is NOT a purpose for entering a shamanic state of consciousness?

3. What does Harner recommend that the aspiring shaman listen to?

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

5. What must the shaman feed his spirit helpers?

(see the answer key)

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