The Way of the Shaman Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

Michael Harner
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 7, Extracting Harmful Intrusions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Harner say about shamanic healing and traditional Western medicine?
(a) They can be complementary and symbiotic.
(b) They are completely different and can't be compared.
(c) Both are too easily misused.
(d) They cannot coexist.

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

3. To learn more about shamanism, what does Harner do?
(a) Asks the oldest shaman in the world to mentor him.
(b) Assembles a team of seven shamans from every corner of the world.
(c) Enrolls in a class on shamanism at his community college.
(d) Lives among tribal people to learn their shamanic ways.

4. A shaman can detect the location of an intruder by:
(a) Noticing a gray cloud at the location.
(b) Seeing green light emerge from the patient at that location.
(c) Perceiving a whistling sound at the location.
(d) Passing his or her hand over the patient.

5. The author emphasizes that not all tribes use what in their shamanic practices?
(a) Rituals.
(b) Shamans.
(c) Drugs.
(d) Chants.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the cultures Harner studies, shamans are primarily:

2. Why do the Jivaro and other shamanic tribes believe in waking up a person gently?

3. What do negative big dreams carry, according to the author?

4. Shaman's do not challenge the validity of someone else's what?

5. Which of the following do reputable shamans NOT do?

(see the answer key)

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