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. Harner indicates that becoming a shaman involves pain, facing fears, and a willingness to:
(a) Cross dangerous jungles.
(b) Leave behind all that one holds near and dear.
(c) Confront the unknown.
(d) Consume exotic foods.

2. How might a shaman be distinguished from other medicine men?
(a) By the ability to handle poisonous substances without incurring harm.
(b) By the animal tokens they carry in a pouch.
(c) By the tattoo markings given him or her by a mentor.
(d) By the ability to enter altered states of consciousness at will.

3. After Harner is awakened from his maikua trance, what is he given?
(a) Pork and mango chutney.
(b) Peaches and grubs.
(c) Warm oolong tea and papaya seeds.
(d) Warm beer and monkey meat.

4. What does the Jivaro shaman give to Harner to drink?
(a) Water from a mystical underground spring.
(b) Fermented coconut milk.
(c) A substance made from the datura plant.
(d) The juice of the cacao plant.

5. 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.

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

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

8. On his or her first guided journey, the shaman student is asked by Harner to visualize what?
(a) A favorite animal or element of nature.
(b) An opening in the earth that feels acceptable.
(c) A starry sky and the patterns the stars form.
(d) A quiet, tranquil scene that includes the element of water.

9. Harner explains that some shamanic students report using caves as:
(a) Sensory deprivation stations.
(b) Hiding places.
(c) Portals.
(d) Sanctuaries.

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

11. Among other sensations in his experience with the Conibo, Harner experiences a sense of flying inside what?
(a) A water well.
(b) A zero-gravity orb.
(c) A mountain.
(d) A spaceship.

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

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

14. What is the purpose of rapid drumming during the guided journey that Harner takes new students through?
(a) To bring the person back to ordinary reality.
(b) To help the person connect to his or her own heartbeat.
(c) To keep the student from falling asleep during the exercise.
(d) To move the student through stages of non-ordinary reality.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the shaman is in an altered state, how does healing take place?

2. What does Harner speculate about the mandala?

3. Why might a shaman work in darkness?

4. What does the author encounter when he drinks maikua?

5. A shaman might enter a shamanic state of consciousness to bring back messages for whom?

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