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

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

3. How do power animals reveal themselves and their special powers?
(a) Either by a ghostly apparition or through blinding light.
(b) By singing a coded song understandable only to shamans.
(c) By playing on the recipient's childhood fears.
(d) Either by speaking or by appearing in an abnormal way.

4. Most cultures believe that a shaman can have how many guardian animals at a time?
(a) Two.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Ten.
(d) Twelve.

5. A shaman's quartz crystals typically are hidden from what?
(a) Spirit guides.
(b) Moonlight.
(c) Sun's rays.
(d) Tribal leaders.

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

7. While in the Lowerworld on a journey to restore power, how will the shaman know if a power animal is ready to accompany the seeker?
(a) The animal will begin walking up the tunnel.
(b) The animal will give off a faint glow.
(c) The animal will smile.
(d) The animal will give signs that it is ready.

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

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

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

11. Where can a shaman go to retrieve a lost power animal?
(a) The Otherworld.
(b) The Lowerworld.
(c) The Powerworld.
(d) The Higherworld.

12. What do negative big dreams carry, according to the author?
(a) Bad karma.
(b) Irrelevant information.
(c) Excessive burdens.
(d) Important messages.

13. Harner writes in Chapter 5 that power helps a person resist or dispel what?
(a) Low energy.
(b) Malignant thoughts.
(c) Curses.
(d) Disease.

14. 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) Charge at the animal and chase it up the tunnel.
(c) Bow down humbly and respectfully request that the animal accompany him or her.
(d) Clasp the animal to the chest and, with the other hand, rattle quickly.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In order for a shaman to restore power to someone from a distance, what does the author say is required?

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

3. Shamans believe that lethargic, sick adults can be made well by what?

4. What happens to a power object when it no longer moves a person emotionally?

5. In stories of Coyote or Raven, for example, the shaman's connection with the guardian spirit is with what?

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