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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. When drugs are involved in Shaman practices, who takes them?
(a) The shaman.
(b) The shaman and the patient.
(c) The shaman and the patient's family members.
(d) The patient.

4. Which of the following does NOT help a shaman enter a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) Tattoos.
(b) Songs.
(c) Drums.
(d) Rattles.

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

6. How does the author describe his world during a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) "Marvelous, infinite, otherworldly."
(b) "Simultaneously familiar, unfamiliar, and complete."
(c) "New, and yet familiarly ancient universe."
(d) "Mildly disturbing, and an incredible trip."

7. Included in the reports from participants of Harner's first guided shamanic exercise are:
(a) Detailed conversations with star people and other extraterrestrials.
(b) Numerous cases of people experiencing nausea and vertigo.
(c) Accounts of disappearing momentarily and not being seen by others in the room.
(d) Suggestions on what to do when encountering an impenetrable obstacle.

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

9. Why is the Jivaro shaman who helps Harner worried that the author may not be able to find tsentak?
(a) Harner has not gone through the necessary rituals.
(b) Finding tsentak is an advanced shamanic practice.
(c) The tsentak are extremely elusive.
(d) Harner is not an Indian.

10. According to the author, who has a guardian spirit, whether recognized or not?
(a) Everyone.
(b) Curanderos.
(c) Leaders.
(d) Shamans.

11. Harner's reports of the rituals, symbols, and visions of the different tribes he observes are what?
(a) Foreign.
(b) Simplistic.
(c) Disturbing.
(d) Similar.

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

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

14. Shamans pass through what kind of planes?
(a) Ethereal.
(b) Parallel.
(c) Cosmological.
(d) Earthly.

15. How might a shaman be distinguished from other medicine men?
(a) By the tattoo markings given him or her by a mentor.
(b) By the ability to handle poisonous substances without incurring harm.
(c) By the animal tokens they carry in a pouch.
(d) By the ability to enter altered states of consciousness at will.

Short Answer Questions

1. In rock-seeing, a shaman takes two rocks, sits with them, poses a question, and then examines the stones for what?

2. In his guided, step-by-step instructions for a first journey, Harner instructs the aspiring shaman to eat:

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

4. Why does Harner include the examples of the Lakota Sioux and Coast Salish tribes for Westerners in particular?

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

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