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. The shamans among Scandinavian Laps often become what?
(a) Whales, fish, polar bears, and elk.
(b) Reindeer, elk, rabbits, and foxes.
(c) Moose, caribou, bears, and rabbits.
(d) Bears, reindeer, wolves, and fish.

2. In the Jivaro tradition, the identity of a power animal is what?
(a) Told to the patient's parents and siblings.
(b) Shared with the patient's spouse and children.
(c) Revealed freely to everyone.
(d) Strictly hidden from others.

3. Why must a shaman not send power directly to the patient?
(a) The guardian spirit animals will feel useless and disappear.
(b) It can contaminate the patient's energy.
(c) It will exhaust the shaman's energy.
(d) The extra power can shock a weakened patient's system.

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

5. What do anthropologists refer to as divination?
(a) Consultation between a shaman and his or her animal.
(b) A patient's spontaneous healing after a shaman's visit.
(c) The act of shaking a shamanic rattle in six directions.
(d) Information a shaman shares immediately after emerging from the Lowerworld tunnel.

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

7. When a shaman delivers the spirit of a power animal into the patient, he or she also:
(a) Tells the animal to cure the patient.
(b) Blesses the patient.
(c) Tells the patient what the animal is.
(d) Blesses the animal.

8. According to the author, restoring power requires restoring or acquiring what?
(a) Guardian water spirit.
(b) Power animal.
(c) Power rock.
(d) Guardian tree sprite.

9. Who wrote "Natural Magick" in 1562?
(a) Nicolaus Copernicus.
(b) Hans Lippershey.
(c) Galileo Galilei.
(d) Giovanni Battista Porta.

10. How does the 1562 book, "Natural Magick," make reference to shamans?
(a) It encapsulates knowledge of the shaman-animal metamorphosis.
(b) It lists every reference to shamanic rituals and practices known at the time.
(c) It condemns shamans as charlatans and evildoers.
(d) It warns the church to stay clear of shamans or burn in hell.

11. Harner indicates that a tonal animal is linked to someone's fate in what?
(a) Dream states.
(b) Ordinary reality.
(c) Pre-adolescent years.
(d) Shamanic states of consciousness.

12. Frequently, a patient has bonded with his or her power animal in:
(a) The spirit world.
(b) Early adulthood.
(c) Childhood.
(d) A previous lifetime.

13. After a shaman successfully retrieves a patient's power animal from the Lowerworld, what's the next step?
(a) Asking the power animal to swallow the patient.
(b) Waiting for the animal to befriend the patient.
(c) Having the patient swallow the animal.
(d) Placing the animal on the patient's chest.

14. A shocked power animal may do what?
(a) Shut down and refuse to communicate.
(b) Leave the person permanently.
(c) Grow ill and die.
(d) Attack its person.

15. After a novice receives an answer from a guardian spirit animal, what does Harner recommend he or she do?
(a) Move on to the next question.
(b) Spend fifteen minutes meditating on the answer's meaning.
(c) Test the spirit to make sure the answer is correct.
(d) Write down the answer as soon as possible.

Short Answer Questions

1. In stories of Coyote or Raven, for example, the shaman's connection with the guardian spirit is with what?

2. In what form will an apprentice shaman see an animal upon entering Lowerworld during the power restoration exercise?

3. Why does the author say dancing is an effective way to keep one's animal close?

4. For the Jivaro, where do guardian spirits reside primarily?

5. What happens to a power object when it no longer moves a person emotionally?

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