The Way of the Shaman Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Michael Harner
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When the shaman is in an altered state, how does healing take place?
(a) By enabling the shaman to spiritually enter the patient's body and physically fix the problem.
(b) By restoring beneficial power or removing harmful power from the patient.
(c) By merging the collective thoughts of everyone present.
(d) By allowing ghost healers to work through the shaman.

2. One person who tried Harner's step-by-step guided journey exercise reported bringing back what by accident?
(a) A message for a friend.
(b) A healing code.
(c) A beneficial being.
(d) A monkey spirit guide.

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

4. The author states that the humility in shamanism lies in what?
(a) The shaman-patient relationship.
(b) The reverence shamans feel towards nature.
(c) The manner in which shamans speak to new and old souls.
(d) The number of spirit guides who choose a particular shaman.

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

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

7. Master shamans focus on a triumvirate which is composed of what?
(a) Emotions, thoughts, and breath work.
(b) Virtues, strength, and vitality.
(c) Knowledge, power, and healing.
(d) The heart, brain, and lungs.

8. Shamans from Venezuela, North America, Australia, and other regions all report having similar what?
(a) Experiences.
(b) Dietary needs.
(c) Concerns.
(d) Spirit guides.

9. What happens in the state a shaman reaches, known as a type of ecstasy?
(a) The shaman's spirit goes on a type of auto-pilot mode.
(b) The shaman taps into perfect bliss.
(c) A higher entity takes over and controls the shaman's body.
(d) The soul leaves the body, either ascending or descending.

10. Harner indicates that becoming a shaman involves pain, facing fears, and a willingness to:
(a) Consume exotic foods.
(b) Leave behind all that one holds near and dear.
(c) Cross dangerous jungles.
(d) Confront the unknown.

11. Shaman's do not challenge the validity of someone else's what?
(a) Healing methods.
(b) Authentic first-hand experience.
(c) Drug addiction.
(d) Claims of being a shaman.

12. In early experiences with the Conibo, Harner hears rushing:
(a) Water.
(b) Trains.
(c) Cattle.
(d) Wind.

13. If SSC stands for shamanic state of consciousness, what does OSC stand for?
(a) Ordinary state of consciousness.
(b) Orthogonal state of consciousness.
(c) Other-worldly shamanic consciousness.
(d) Ordinary shamanic consciousness.

14. Harner asserts that shamanism has advanced in areas without technological innovations because:
(a) These people are neither distracted nor electromagnetically impaired by electronic interference.
(b) The plant world communicates better with people when there is no technological interference.
(c) Of the need by these people to find ways to deal with survival and health issues.
(d) Technology hasn't erased these people's ability to tap into their intuition.

15. How do spirit helpers assist the shaman?
(a) By keeping the shaman's third eye open at all times to see alternate realities.
(b) By whispering truths into the shaman's otherworldly ears.
(c) By spying on others and reporting back to the shaman.
(d) By helping the shaman engage in divination of the past, present, and future.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author emphasizes that not all tribes use what in their shamanic practices?

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

3. Apprentice shamans sometimes report to Harner that they:

4. Harner writes that in non-ordinary reality, spirit helpers appear as what?

5. How does a shaman typically travel into the Lowerworld?

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