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. Myths and stories that have been passed down typically refer to:
(a) Individual animals instead of animal groups.
(b) Animal groups possessing supernatural strength.
(c) Animal groups instead of individual animals.
(d) Individual hero animals.

2. 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) Information a shaman shares immediately after emerging from the Lowerworld tunnel.
(d) The act of shaking a shamanic rattle in six directions.

3. Harner notes that in modern technology, quartz crystals are used in what?
(a) Atomic reactors.
(b) Radio transmitters and computers.
(c) Children's electronic toys.
(d) Solar-powered panels and electric cars.

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

5. 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 serpent.
(d) A robin.

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

7. On the guided power restoration journey that involves descending down a tunnel, the author cautions against encountering:
(a) Weeping female spirits.
(b) Ominously voracious non-mammals.
(c) Male spirits with weapons.
(d) Large predators with exposed teeth.

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

9. When the Coastal Salish wear masks and dance their spirit guardians, what does Harner call this practice?
(a) Calling the Spirits.
(b) Calling the Beasts.
(c) Dancing with the Beasts.
(d) Dancing with the Spirits.

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

11. 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.

12. Power practice involves the use of power objects, which almost always are:
(a) Passed down from shaman to shaman.
(b) Found in nature.
(c) Handcrafted by the shaman's companion.
(d) Teeth and bones extracted from hunted animals.

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

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

15. 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) Placing the animal on the patient's chest.
(c) Having the patient swallow the animal.
(d) Waiting for the animal to befriend the patient.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does a guardian spirit have the freedom to leave or stay at will?

2. Many traditions speak of the mythical past when animals could:

3. According to Harner, what are "big dreams?"

4. During the exercise for restoring power presented to the reader, what happens when the participant emerges from the tunnel into Lowerworld?

5. Harner repeatedly emphasizes that not all shamanic experiences involve drugs and instead rely on what?

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