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

2. 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) Beneath a waterfall for a mystical experience.
(c) To a ledge overlooking an enchanted valley.
(d) On another journey to experience higher levels of reality.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Included in the reports from participants of Harner's first guided shamanic exercise are:
(a) Numerous cases of people experiencing nausea and vertigo.
(b) Detailed conversations with star people and other extraterrestrials.
(c) Suggestions on what to do when encountering an impenetrable obstacle.
(d) Accounts of disappearing momentarily and not being seen by others in the room.

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

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

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

12. How does the author describe his world during a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) "Marvelous, infinite, otherworldly."
(b) "Simultaneously familiar, unfamiliar, and complete."
(c) "Mildly disturbing, and an incredible trip."
(d) "New, and yet familiarly ancient universe."

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

14. What are guardian spirits known as in Australia?
(a) Angelic assistant.
(b) Totem angel.
(c) Assistant totem.
(d) Spirit of assistance.

15. While working, why must a shaman remain lightly connected to the material environment?
(a) Because of having to move between realities.
(b) To incorporate the properties of the material world into the cure.
(c) To harness the power of nature.
(d) Because of the shaman's physical requirements.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the Lakota practice of rock-seeing, a shaman considers a problem while walking through what?

2. After Harner is awakened from his maikua trance, what is he given?

3. Why is the Jivaro shaman who helps Harner worried that the author may not be able to find tsentak?

4. What must the shaman feed his spirit helpers?

5. With the help of spirit helpers and two tsentak inside his mouth, the shaman can help the patient by:

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