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

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

3. In his attempt to find spirit helpers with the assistance of a Jivaro shaman from Ecuador, what does the author do?
(a) He joins Jivaro in an out-of-body ritual.
(b) He repeats an ancient chant Jivaro teaches him.
(c) He calls out to spirit helpers in the rainforest.
(d) He spiritually goes to a cave underneath a waterfall.

4. When the shaman is in an altered state, how does healing take place?
(a) By allowing ghost healers to work through the shaman.
(b) By enabling the shaman to spiritually enter the patient's body and physically fix the problem.
(c) By restoring beneficial power or removing harmful power from the patient.
(d) By merging the collective thoughts of everyone present.

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

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

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

8. In "The Way of the Shaman," the author shows similarities between:
(a) Once dominant spiritual belief systems.
(b) Real and fake shamans.
(c) Younger and older shamans.
(d) Various shamanic spiritual belief systems.

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

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

11. 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 chanting songs passed down by tribal peoples and drinking fermented coffee.
(c) By drinking nettle tea and fasting for five days.
(d) By entering a trance state and using methods of cosmic geography and nonordinary reality.

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

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

14. Harner asks aspiring shamans to refrain from:
(a) Eating sweets.
(b) Drinking alcohol.
(c) Exercising strenuously.
(d) Using anything electronic.

15. What does the Jivaro shaman help Harner acquire?
(a) Advanced intuition.
(b) Tree guides.
(c) The ability to see beyond.
(d) Spirit helpers.

Short Answer Questions

1. In early experiences with the Conibo, Harner hears rushing:

2. What is the role of amnesia in a shaman's rituals?

3. Harner indicates that becoming a shaman involves pain, facing fears, and a willingness to:

4. It is typical for one or more spirits to help guide the shaman through what?

5. Harner's reports of the rituals, symbols, and visions of the different tribes he observes are what?

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