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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. In "The Way of the Shaman," the author shows similarities between:
(a) Various shamanic spiritual belief systems.
(b) Younger and older shamans.
(c) Real and fake shamans.
(d) Once dominant spiritual belief systems.

2. 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) On another journey to experience higher levels of reality.
(c) To a ledge overlooking an enchanted valley.
(d) To the source of the Amazon to meet the highest shaman.

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

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

5. Which of the following do reputable shamans NOT do?
(a) Practice clairvoyance.
(b) Take on patients' symptoms.
(c) Cross realities at will.
(d) Make deals with evil spirits.

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

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

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

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

10. In rock-seeing, a shaman takes two rocks, sits with them, poses a question, and then examines the stones for what?
(a) Words temporarily appearing on the surface pointing to an answer.
(b) Traces of minerals that can be used for healing rituals.
(c) Signs that the stones have transformed during the session.
(d) Living creatures or features that provide clues regarding answers.

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

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

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

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

15. What does Harner compare his near-death experience with the Conibo to?
(a) Ancient Daoism stories.
(b) Teachings of Confucius.
(c) The concept of reincarnation.
(d) Descriptions in the Bible.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author describe his world during a shamanic state of consciousness?

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

3. At the conclusion of the rock-seeing process, after the shaman turns the stones around and examines all sides, what does the shaman do?

4. What is the purpose of rattles used during a shaman's work?

5. Harner's reports of the rituals, symbols, and visions of the different tribes he observes are what?

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