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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) Close his or her eyes and float back up the tunnel with the animal right behind.
(b) Bow down humbly and respectfully request that the animal accompany him or her.
(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. When a power animal becomes human through a magical transformation, the animal becomes what for the shaman?
(a) The deliverer.
(b) The messenger.
(c) The truth.
(d) The alter ego.

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. According to Harner, what are "big dreams?"
(a) Either recurring or extremely vivid dreams.
(b) Dreams that take place in Lowerworld.
(c) Hopes and aspirations for a better life.
(d) Dreams that take the shaman to Starplanet.

11. In order for a shaman to restore power to someone from a distance, what does the author say is required?
(a) Advanced intuition and much courage.
(b) Great concentration and expert sight.
(c) Great expectations and focused desire.
(d) Expert skills and advanced confidence.

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

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

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

15. 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) Power and life success.
(c) Strength and physical agility.
(d) Courage and compassion.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. A shaman will blow a spirit animal into a patient through:

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

4. Among the Coastal Salish, animals that become human are called what?

5. After a shaman successfully retrieves a patient's power animal from the Lowerworld, what's the next step?

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