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

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

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

4. What are the tsentak?
(a) Spirits who bridge the seen and the unseen.
(b) Helpers who cause or cure illness.
(c) Mischievous tree sprites.
(d) Guides who intervene in emergencies.

5. Who does the author quote as an expert on the subject of altered states?
(a) Author Carlos Castaneda.
(b) Shamanic scholar Mircea Eliade.
(c) West African writer Malidoma Some.
(d) Anthropologist Margaret Mead.

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

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

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

9. Harner asserts that shamanism transcends any particular what?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Scholarly assessment.
(c) Falsehood.
(d) Culture.

10. Harner writes that in non-ordinary reality, spirit helpers appear as what?
(a) Animals, including jaguars, monkeys, and butterflies.
(b) Familiar plants and flowers.
(c) People once known who have passed on.
(d) Religious deities.

11. What is the purpose of rattles used during a shaman's work?
(a) To open up tightly closed portals.
(b) To ward off evil spirits.
(c) To purify the air surrounding the patient.
(d) To reinforce drumming for a greater sonic effect.

12. One person who tried Harner's step-by-step guided journey exercise reported bringing back what by accident?
(a) A monkey spirit guide.
(b) A message for a friend.
(c) A beneficial being.
(d) A healing code.

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

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

15. In early experiences with the Conibo, Harner hears rushing:
(a) Water.
(b) Wind.
(c) Cattle.
(d) Trains.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens in the state a shaman reaches, known as a type of ecstasy?

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

3. Harner explains that some shamanic students report using caves as:

4. Master shamans focus on a triumvirate which is composed of what?

5. To learn more about shamanism, what does Harner do?

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