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

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

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

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

5. What does Harner suggest is the purpose of songs during a shamanic journey?
(a) To amplify the shaman's altered state.
(b) To keep the patient calm and relaxed.
(c) To attract beneficial healing spirit helpers.
(d) To guide the shaman towards acceptable portals.

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

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

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

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

10. How does a shaman typically travel into the Lowerworld?
(a) By teleporting.
(b) Through a hole or tunnel.
(c) Wearing a special cloak.
(d) On the wings of a dragon.

11. Why might a shaman work in darkness?
(a) To minimize interference from the sun's rays.
(b) To achieve the most profound visions.
(c) To hide from negative entities.
(d) To conceal his or her expressions.

12. Why is Harner afraid to take maikua?
(a) Nobody has ever taken maikua and lived to tell about it.
(b) Its bitterness leaves his mouth dry and burns his throat.
(c) He's heard stories of death and madness that result from taking it.
(d) It is a poison that affects the liver and impairs eyesight.

13. Master shamans focus on a triumvirate which is composed of what?
(a) The heart, brain, and lungs.
(b) Knowledge, power, and healing.
(c) Emotions, thoughts, and breath work.
(d) Virtues, strength, and vitality.

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

15. How do shamans use their guardian spirits?
(a) In supplication.
(b) In passing.
(c) Actively.
(d) Through trickery.

Short Answer Questions

1. Harner asserts that shamanism transcends any particular what?

2. What is the name of the Jivaro shaman Harner works with?

3. What does Harner say that middle-class Americans report experiencing on their shamanic attempts?

4. What do various cultures report noticing the shaman give off when in a shamanic state of consciousness?

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

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