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. Harner writes that in non-ordinary reality, spirit helpers appear as what?
(a) Animals, including jaguars, monkeys, and butterflies.
(b) People once known who have passed on.
(c) Familiar plants and flowers.
(d) Religious deities.

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

3. Why might a shaman work in darkness?
(a) To conceal his or her expressions.
(b) To hide from negative entities.
(c) To minimize interference from the sun's rays.
(d) To achieve the most profound visions.

4. 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 physical manifestation that has infected the patient will read the family's thoughts, rendering the cure useless.
(b) The family should not know what is happening to the patient without the patient's explicit permission.
(c) It will frighten the family, and this fear will work against the energies applied by the shaman.
(d) The symbolic act of expelling the ordinary form is part of the ritual rather than the actual act that removes the intruder spirit.

5. Harner explains that some shamanic students report using caves as:
(a) Hiding places.
(b) Portals.
(c) Sensory deprivation stations.
(d) Sanctuaries.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the author tell an aspiring shaman to do upon returning from his or her first journey?

3. What is the purpose of rapid drumming during the guided journey that Harner takes new students through?

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

5. What do various cultures report noticing the shaman give off when in a shamanic state of consciousness?

(see the answer key)

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