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

2. Harner asserts that shamanism has advanced in areas without technological innovations because:
(a) These people are neither distracted nor electromagnetically impaired by electronic interference.
(b) The plant world communicates better with people when there is no technological interference.
(c) Of the need by these people to find ways to deal with survival and health issues.
(d) Technology hasn't erased these people's ability to tap into their intuition.

3. In a drug-induced vision, Harner sees demons as:
(a) Beetles.
(b) Reptiles.
(c) Fish with teeth.
(d) Faceless ghosts.

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

5. Why does Harner include the examples of the Lakota Sioux and Coast Salish tribes for Westerners in particular?
(a) To give them examples of shamanism that might be more familiar to them.
(b) Because more than anyone else, Westerners need to understand the nuances of shamanism.
(c) So that they can see that shamanism can be accessed without the use of drugs.
(d) To illustrate the universal nature of shamanism.

6. To learn more about shamanism, what does Harner do?
(a) Asks the oldest shaman in the world to mentor him.
(b) Assembles a team of seven shamans from every corner of the world.
(c) Lives among tribal people to learn their shamanic ways.
(d) Enrolls in a class on shamanism at his community college.

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

8. The author shows that all religious traditions share:
(a) Similarities in styles of worship.
(b) A mistrust of shamans and mysticism.
(c) One common origin.
(d) Mystical and symbolic similarities.

9. What is the name of the Jivaro shaman Harner works with?
(a) Akachu.
(b) Machu.
(c) Pikachu.
(d) Arechu.

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

11. What must the shaman feed his spirit helpers?
(a) Ground allspice.
(b) Vanilla beans.
(c) Tobacco water.
(d) Coffee nectar.

12. What does Harner point out about the Lakota Sioux and the Coast Salish tribes?
(a) Were the first tribes known to practice shamanism.
(b) They achieve altered states of consciousness without using hallucinogenic substances.
(c) Are the best natural healers in the world.
(d) Shun the practice of shamanism and instead pass down stories from one generation to the next.

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

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

15. How do spirit helpers assist the shaman?
(a) By helping the shaman engage in divination of the past, present, and future.
(b) By whispering truths into the shaman's otherworldly ears.
(c) By spying on others and reporting back to the shaman.
(d) By keeping the shaman's third eye open at all times to see alternate realities.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Harner afraid to take maikua?

2. Harner claims that when he shared his vision of dragon-like creatures that appeared from outer space with another shaman, that person:

3. In the cultures Harner studies, shamans are primarily:

4. How does the author describe his world during a shamanic state of consciousness?

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

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