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 similarity does Harner point out between shamanism and science?
(a) Both require much training and discipline.
(b) Both require a curious mind, an open heart, and a sense of adventure.
(c) Both are available to the serious student of reality.
(d) Both are in awe of complexity and the magnificence of nature.

2. What does the author encounter when he drinks maikua?
(a) Beloved pets he knew as a child.
(b) A frightening emptiness.
(c) Dangerous creatures.
(d) Winged benevolent beings.

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

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

5. Harner's reports of the rituals, symbols, and visions of the different tribes he observes are what?
(a) Simplistic.
(b) Foreign.
(c) Similar.
(d) Disturbing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. What are guardian spirits called in Siberia?
(a) Warning spirits.
(b) Guardian angels.
(c) Tutelary spirits.
(d) Angelic beings.

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

14. Why does a shaman enter a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) For clarity and balance.
(b) For a serious, specific purpose.
(c) To practice astral travel.
(d) To prove to the elders that he or she is a shaman.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Harner afraid to take maikua?

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

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

4. Why does Harner say it's important that the shaman does not tell the patient's family that he already has the ordinary form of the spirit in his mouth?

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

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