The Way of the Shaman Test | Final 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. Among the Coastal Salish, animals that become human are called what?
(a) The One.
(b) The Transformer.
(c) The Human.
(d) The Indian.

2. In order for a shaman to restore power to someone from a distance, what does the author say is required?
(a) Advanced intuition and much courage.
(b) Expert skills and advanced confidence.
(c) Great concentration and expert sight.
(d) Great expectations and focused desire.

3. An especially powerful type of power object is the quartz crystal, which a shaman often associates with:
(a) Waterfalls, streams, and caverns.
(b) The earth's magnetic field.
(c) Lightning, storms, and electricity.
(d) Light, the sky, and celestial bodies.

4. Why does the author say dancing is an effective way to keep one's animal close?
(a) It exercises and honors the animal.
(b) It creates vibrant energy the animal enjoys.
(c) Animals are attracted to movement.
(d) Animals are hypnotized by the dancing.

5. What do the Jivaro see in someone who possesses a guardian?
(a) A colorful aura around the head.
(b) A golden circle surrounding the person.
(c) Sparks of pink light from the fingertips.
(d) An inverted rainbow in the chest.

6. For the Jivaro, where do guardian spirits reside primarily?
(a) At the hips.
(b) Behind the eyes.
(c) In the chest.
(d) In each ear.

7. During their "dreamtime," Australian Aruntas often become what?
(a) Kangaroos.
(b) Dolphin whales.
(c) Platypus.
(d) Eagle hawks.

8. Why does Harner state that it doesn't matter whether the animal that has appeared is fierce or gentle?
(a) Guardians are bound by oath to never harm humans.
(b) The animal's qualities reflect the inner needs of the shaman.
(c) The animal is merely a projection of the participant's imagination.
(d) As sources of power, guardians do not harm the possessor.

9. When first communicating with a guardian spirit animal, what does the author recommend novices do before engaging in detailed conversations?
(a) Listen to make sure the animal is ready to talk.
(b) Master simple yes-no questions.
(c) Avoid eye contact so that the animal doesn't flee.
(d) Ask the spirit for permission to speak.

10. In some traditions, how is a quartz crystal recharged?
(a) Leaving it out in an intense thunderstorm.
(b) Cleansing in the ocean or a spring, then left out in the sun on the solstice.
(c) Asking a power animal to dance with it in Lowerworld.
(d) Through a three-day ceremony of incense burning and constant chanting.

11. What should a shaman NOT do when feeling dis-spirited?
(a) Visualize clear light.
(b) Listen to a drumbeat.
(c) Walk into the wilderness.
(d) Attempt to heal someone.

12. Shamans typically utilize crystals as:
(a) Objects that pull out negative energy.
(b) Harnessers of the sun's energy.
(c) Transmitters of energy for health.
(d) Doorways into the future.

13. Particularly during the Inquisition, many Christian church leaders considered animal transformation to be what?
(a) Laughable.
(b) Sorcery.
(c) Empowering.
(d) Harmless.

14. A shaman will blow a spirit animal into a patient through:
(a) The forehead.
(b) The nose or the mouth.
(c) The chest or the back of the head.
(d) The solar plexus.

15. In stories of Coyote or Raven, for example, the shaman's connection with the guardian spirit is with what?
(a) A mythical character that does not exist.
(b) A representative individual of the species.
(c) The entire species.
(d) An angelic being posing as an animal.

Short Answer Questions

1. A shaman's quartz crystals typically are hidden from what?

2. While in the Lowerworld with a power animal, what does a shamanic exercise participant accomplish by shaking a rattle quickly?

3. Who wrote "Natural Magick" in 1562?

4. Why must a shaman not send power directly to the patient?

5. According to the author, restoring power requires restoring or acquiring what?

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