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 is the name of the Jivaro shaman Harner works with?
(a) Akachu.
(b) Pikachu.
(c) Machu.
(d) Arechu.

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

3. On his or her first guided journey, the shaman student is asked by Harner to visualize what?
(a) A favorite animal or element of nature.
(b) A quiet, tranquil scene that includes the element of water.
(c) A starry sky and the patterns the stars form.
(d) An opening in the earth that feels acceptable.

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

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

6. What does the Jivaro shaman help Harner acquire?
(a) Spirit helpers.
(b) Advanced intuition.
(c) The ability to see beyond.
(d) Tree guides.

7. The author shows that all religious traditions share:
(a) A mistrust of shamans and mysticism.
(b) Mystical and symbolic similarities.
(c) One common origin.
(d) Similarities in styles of worship.

8. What are guardian spirits called in Siberia?
(a) Tutelary spirits.
(b) Guardian angels.
(c) Angelic beings.
(d) Warning spirits.

9. How is a shamanic state of consciousness, or SSC, achieved?
(a) By drinking nettle tea and fasting for five days.
(b) By entering a trance state and using methods of cosmic geography and nonordinary reality.
(c) By calling upon spirit guides to pull the shaman's spirit out of the body and hurl it to the heavens.
(d) By chanting songs passed down by tribal peoples and drinking fermented coffee.

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

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

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

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

14. A shaman might enter a shamanic state of consciousness to bring back messages for whom?
(a) A patient's loved ones.
(b) A patient in ordinary reality.
(c) Non-traditional doctors in ordinary reality.
(d) Doctors treating a patient.

15. What do various cultures report noticing the shaman give off when in a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) An unusually sweet aroma.
(b) Light in a halo effect.
(c) Rhythmic sounds.
(d) A highly directional beam of light, like a laser.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Harner compare his near-death experience with the Conibo to?

2. When the shaman is in an altered state, how does healing take place?

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

4. In "The Way of the Shaman," the author shows similarities between:

5. What are guardian spirits known as in Australia?

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