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. What does the author tell an aspiring shaman to do upon returning from his or her first journey?
(a) Immediately stand and walk around.
(b) Drink a glass of water.
(c) Go to sleep.
(d) Describe the journey aloud.

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

3. What does Harner point out about the Lakota Sioux and the Coast Salish tribes?
(a) Shun the practice of shamanism and instead pass down stories from one generation to the next.
(b) They achieve altered states of consciousness without using hallucinogenic substances.
(c) Are the best natural healers in the world.
(d) Were the first tribes known to practice shamanism.

4. After a journey that lasts several days in the jungle with his companions, Harner is taken where?
(a) Beneath a waterfall for a mystical experience.
(b) To a ledge overlooking an enchanted valley.
(c) To the source of the Amazon to meet the highest shaman.
(d) On another journey to experience higher levels of reality.

5. Harner asks aspiring shamans to refrain from:
(a) Using anything electronic.
(b) Drinking alcohol.
(c) Exercising strenuously.
(d) Eating sweets.

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

7. In a drug-induced vision, Harner sees demons as:
(a) Fish with teeth.
(b) Beetles.
(c) Reptiles.
(d) Faceless ghosts.

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

9. Why does a shaman enter a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) For a serious, specific purpose.
(b) To prove to the elders that he or she is a shaman.
(c) For clarity and balance.
(d) To practice astral travel.

10. How do the Conibo access the Lowerworld?
(a) By chanting and dancing all night in front of a fire.
(b) Using a giant catahua tree root system.
(c) Riding on the backs of patagonian capybaras.
(d) Through secret holes dug by their ancestors.

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

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

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

14. What is the purpose of rattles used during a shaman's work?
(a) To reinforce drumming for a greater sonic effect.
(b) To purify the air surrounding the patient.
(c) To ward off evil spirits.
(d) To open up tightly closed portals.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the role of amnesia in a shaman's rituals?

2. In his attempt to find spirit helpers with the assistance of a Jivaro shaman from Ecuador, what does the author do?

3. How do spirit helpers assist the shaman?

4. What are guardian spirits known as in Australia?

5. How do shamans use their guardian spirits?

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