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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. If SSC stands for shamanic state of consciousness, what does OSC stand for?
(a) Orthogonal state of consciousness.
(b) Ordinary shamanic consciousness.
(c) Other-worldly shamanic consciousness.
(d) Ordinary state of consciousness.

9. What is the role of amnesia in a shaman's rituals?
(a) It's rarely involved.
(b) It's an essential tool.
(c) It's always used on patients who've experienced trauma.
(d) It's shunned and never used.

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

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

12. In his guided, step-by-step instructions for a first journey, Harner instructs the aspiring shaman to eat:
(a) Only seeds and fruit.
(b) Chicken.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Lightly.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Shaman's do not challenge the validity of someone else's what?

2. What does Harner speculate about the mandala?

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

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

5. Shamans pass through what kind of planes?

(see the answer keys)

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