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. 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 spiritual canoe.
(c) The lifeline to reality.
(d) The spirit guide.

2. In what form will an apprentice shaman see an animal upon entering Lowerworld during the power restoration exercise?
(a) Either living or made of stone, wood, or another substance.
(b) In a hunting stance.
(c) A nearly transparent form.
(d) Always as a totem or charm.

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) Close your eyes, count to three, and continue forward if the creature has disappeared.
(c) Show no fear and proceed with caution.
(d) Sing a power song and ask for protection.

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

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

6. What do anthropologists refer to as divination?
(a) The act of shaking a shamanic rattle in six directions.
(b) Consultation between a shaman and his or her animal.
(c) A patient's spontaneous healing after a shaman's visit.
(d) Information a shaman shares immediately after emerging from the Lowerworld tunnel.

7. Many traditions speak of the mythical past when animals could:
(a) Transform into other beings.
(b) Travel between worlds.
(c) Talk to people.
(d) Walk upright.

8. When the shaman has a question, the guardian spirit animal may answer it by:
(a) Entering the shaman's mind and communicating answers telepathically.
(b) Leading the shaman on a journey of experiences that ultimately answer that question.
(c) Shaking a rattle at different rates depending on the answer.
(d) Tapping with its foot or fin once for no and twice for yes.

9. During the exercise for restoring power presented to the reader, what happens when the participant emerges from the tunnel into Lowerworld?
(a) A power animal will be recognized by seeing it four times.
(b) An animal guide will initiate a power dance.
(c) A power animal will speak to the participant.
(d) An animal guide will lead the way.

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

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

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

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

14. 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) Ask the spirit for permission to speak.
(c) Listen to make sure the animal is ready to talk.
(d) Master simple yes-no questions.

15. An especially powerful type of power object is the quartz crystal, which a shaman often associates with:
(a) Waterfalls, streams, and caverns.
(b) Lightning, storms, and electricity.
(c) Light, the sky, and celestial bodies.
(d) The earth's magnetic field.

Short Answer 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?

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

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

4. What position does Harner recommend for a beginning shaman learning power restoration techniques?

5. While in the Lowerworld with a power animal, what does a shamanic exercise participant accomplish by shaking a rattle quickly?

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