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

2. How does Harner end his first shamanic journey exercise for the reader?
(a) Wolf howl.
(b) Sound of a bell.
(c) Four sharp strikes.
(d) Prolonged string vibration.

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?
(a) Thanks the stones and returns them to their proper places.
(b) Places the stones in his or her healing pouch.
(c) Drops the stones and reads information from their resting positions.
(d) Washes the stones in a stream and blesses them.

4. After Harner is awakened from his maikua trance, what is he given?
(a) Warm beer and monkey meat.
(b) Peaches and grubs.
(c) Pork and mango chutney.
(d) Warm oolong tea and papaya seeds.

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

6. What must the shaman feed his spirit helpers?
(a) Tobacco water.
(b) Vanilla beans.
(c) Coffee nectar.
(d) Ground allspice.

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

8. Which of the following is NOT a purpose for entering a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) Retrieving power animals.
(b) Exploration.
(c) Betrayal.
(d) Healing illnesses.

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

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

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

12. During the Lakota practice of rock-seeing, a shaman considers a problem while walking through what?
(a) A bed of heated rocks.
(b) A wild area.
(c) A field of boulders.
(d) A rocky stream.

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

14. Harner claims that when he shared his vision of dragon-like creatures that appeared from outer space with another shaman, that person:
(a) Explained the creatures represent suppressed desires.
(b) Warned Harner to stay away from the creatures.
(c) Immediately recognized the creatures.
(d) Did not understand the significance of the creatures.

15. In his attempt to find spirit helpers with the assistance of a Jivaro shaman from Ecuador, what does the author do?
(a) He spiritually goes to a cave underneath a waterfall.
(b) He joins Jivaro in an out-of-body ritual.
(c) He repeats an ancient chant Jivaro teaches him.
(d) He calls out to spirit helpers in the rainforest.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are guardian spirits known as in Australia?

2. On his or her first guided journey, the shaman student is asked by Harner to visualize what?

3. What does the author tell an aspiring shaman to do upon returning from his or her first journey?

4. Harner asks aspiring shamans to refrain from:

5. What does Harner recommend that the aspiring shaman listen to?

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