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. How many guardian animals does a person have in a lifetime?
(a) Many.
(b) Only one.
(c) A different one each year.
(d) Two or three.

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

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

4. 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) Tells the patient what the animal is.
(c) Blesses the animal.
(d) Blesses the patient.

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

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

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

8. When a power animal becomes human through a magical transformation, the animal becomes what for the shaman?
(a) The alter ego.
(b) The truth.
(c) The messenger.
(d) The deliverer.

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

10. Why do the Jivaro and other shamanic tribes believe in waking up a person gently?
(a) To preserve the guardian spirit visions he or she received while sleeping.
(b) So that the person's power animal has the chance to return.
(c) So that the person can remember his or her lucid dreams.
(d) To avoid scaring the person to death.

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

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

13. Some creation myths show with the passage of time, only shamans could:
(a) Transform into animals.
(b) Gain acceptance by the animal kingdom.
(c) Read animals' minds.
(d) Communicate with animals.

14. Can non-shamans participate in shamanic rituals?
(a) Yes, in some traditions.
(b) Only from a distance.
(c) Only women.
(d) Never.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Power practice involves the use of power objects, which almost always are:

2. On the guided power restoration journey that involves descending down a tunnel, the author cautions against encountering:

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

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

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

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