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Michael Harner
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Bow down humbly and respectfully request that the animal accompany him or her.
(b) Close his or her eyes and float back up the tunnel with the animal right behind.
(c) Charge at the animal and chase it up the tunnel.
(d) Clasp the animal to the chest and, with the other hand, rattle quickly.

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

3. What does Harner recommend to a shaman student if he or she meets frightening creatures, such as fanged serpents or fish with teeth?
(a) Come back up the tunnel and try again later.
(b) Sing a power song and ask for protection.
(c) Show no fear and proceed with caution.
(d) Close your eyes, count to three, and continue forward if the creature has disappeared.

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

5. According to Jivaro tradition, a shaman must seek out a guardian spirit how often?
(a) At least every two weeks.
(b) On an empty stomach.
(c) During a full moon.
(d) No more than once a month.

6. What do the Jivaro do so that newborns can see their guardians?
(a) They prick an infant's left thumb.
(b) They sing songs about guardian animal spirits.
(c) They take the babies on a journey through the wilderness.
(d) They give the infants a light hallucinogen.

7. 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) Strictly hidden from others.
(d) Revealed freely to everyone.

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

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

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

11. What element is often reported in many successful guardian spirit journeys?
(a) Satisfaction.
(b) Bliss.
(c) Confusion.
(d) Synchronicity.

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

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

14. Before trying to retrieve a power animal, the shaman needs what?
(a) Animal bones.
(b) A power mask.
(c) Animal art.
(d) A power song.

15. In Harner's power restoration exercise for apprentice shamans, he instructs the participant to use the drumbeat as what?
(a) The simulated heartbeat.
(b) The spirit guide.
(c) The lifeline to reality.
(d) The spiritual canoe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the Jivaro and other shamanic tribes believe in waking up a person gently?

2. What should a shaman NOT do when feeling dis-spirited?

3. What do negative big dreams carry, according to the author?

4. Frequently, a patient has bonded with his or her power animal in:

5. Harner notes that in modern technology, quartz crystals are used in what?

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