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. Often, a patient already has the following with a returned power animal:
(a) A pre-determined destiny.
(b) A spiritual bridge.
(c) An unusual connection.
(d) An agreement.

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

3. How does a guardian spirit animal encountered in Lowerworld often communicate with the shaman?
(a) By moving its body in an unusual way.
(b) Through the spirit of a deceased loved one of the shaman.
(c) By singing a song.
(d) Through a language spoken only in Lowerworld.

4. What is the most famous method of acquiring a guardian animal spirit?
(a) Consciousness quest.
(b) Rock seeing.
(c) Vision quest.
(d) Astral vision.

5. Among some Plains Indians tribes, it is believed that those who don't have a guardian animal spirit lack what?
(a) Integrity and character.
(b) Courage and compassion.
(c) Power and life success.
(d) Strength and physical agility.

6. After the power animal in the Lowerworld alerts the shaman that it is ready to accompany him or her, what is the shaman supposed to do?
(a) Close his or her eyes and float back up the tunnel with the animal right behind.
(b) Clasp the animal to the chest and, with the other hand, rattle quickly.
(c) Charge at the animal and chase it up the tunnel.
(d) Bow down humbly and respectfully request that the animal accompany him or her.

7. What position does Harner recommend for a beginning shaman learning power restoration techniques?
(a) Lying down.
(b) Standing up.
(c) Sitting down.
(d) Kneeling.

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

9. When the apprentice shaman emerges from the tunnel and enters Lowerworld, what animal does Harner say the participant will never see?
(a) A whale.
(b) An insect.
(c) A robin.
(d) A serpent.

10. Harner presents one shaman's drawings of the tunnel to Lowerworld. What does it look like?
(a) Brightly lit opening with benevolent animals protecting the entrance.
(b) A winding chute that's wide at the top and bottom but narrow in the middle.
(c) Concentric circles with crystals and humans falling through a hole.
(d) A cavern with steps leading straight down.

11. A shaman can be open to attacks when what is not present?
(a) Incense.
(b) Guardian spirit.
(c) Human companion.
(d) Animal totem.

12. Harner repeatedly emphasizes that not all shamanic experiences involve drugs and instead rely on what?
(a) Jumping, eating, and dreaming.
(b) Storytelling, praying, and daydreaming.
(c) Drumming, chanting, singing, and symbolism.
(d) Meditating, fasting, running, and self-deprivation.

13. Shamans believe that lethargic, sick adults can be made well by what?
(a) Journeying back to the source of trauma.
(b) Regaining their guardian spirit.
(c) Visualizing their favorite animal.
(d) Performing the dance of restoration.

14. What do negative big dreams carry, according to the author?
(a) Important messages.
(b) Excessive burdens.
(c) Irrelevant information.
(d) Bad karma.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. An especially powerful type of power object is the quartz crystal, which a shaman often associates with:

2. In the Jivaro tradition, the identity of a power animal is what?

3. Shamans typically utilize crystals as:

4. Before trying to retrieve a power animal, the shaman needs what?

5. What do the Jivaro see in someone who possesses a guardian?

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