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

2. In rock-seeing, a shaman takes two rocks, sits with them, poses a question, and then examines the stones for what?
(a) Signs that the stones have transformed during the session.
(b) Living creatures or features that provide clues regarding answers.
(c) Words temporarily appearing on the surface pointing to an answer.
(d) Traces of minerals that can be used for healing rituals.

3. How old is shamanism estimated to be?
(a) Less than 3,000 years old.
(b) At least 20,000 to 30,000 years old.
(c) No one can even guess.
(d) Approximately 12,000 years old.

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

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

6. With the help of spirit helpers and two tsentak inside his mouth, the shaman can help the patient by:
(a) Frightening the intruder out.
(b) Smoking out the intruder.
(c) Vomiting out the intruder.
(d) Swallowing the intruder.

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

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

9. The author emphasizes that not all tribes use what in their shamanic practices?
(a) Chants.
(b) Shamans.
(c) Drugs.
(d) Rituals.

10. In the cultures Harner studies, shamans are primarily:
(a) Men.
(b) Grandmothers.
(c) Women.
(d) Children.

11. What does Harner recommend that the aspiring shaman listen to?
(a) Chanting.
(b) Flowing water.
(c) Birds singing.
(d) Drumming.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do individuals need the protection of a guardian spirit?

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

3. In his guided, step-by-step instructions for a first journey, Harner instructs the aspiring shaman to eat:

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

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

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