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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. While in the Lowerworld with a power animal, what does a shamanic exercise participant accomplish by shaking a rattle quickly?
(a) Fending off ominous creatures.
(b) Hypnotizing the power animal.
(c) A quicker return up the tunnel.
(d) A deep trance state.

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

3. What happens to a power object when it no longer moves a person emotionally?
(a) It is placed inside a rattle.
(b) It is returned to nature.
(c) It is buried three feet underground.
(d) It is incorporated into a necklace.

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

5. For the Jivaro, where do guardian spirits reside primarily?
(a) In each ear.
(b) In the chest.
(c) At the hips.
(d) Behind the eyes.

6. What is the most famous method of acquiring a guardian animal spirit?
(a) Vision quest.
(b) Astral vision.
(c) Consciousness quest.
(d) Rock seeing.

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

8. 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.

9. Why does Harner state that it doesn't matter whether the animal that has appeared is fierce or gentle?
(a) Guardians are bound by oath to never harm humans.
(b) The animal is merely a projection of the participant's imagination.
(c) As sources of power, guardians do not harm the possessor.
(d) The animal's qualities reflect the inner needs of the shaman.

10. Shamans typically utilize crystals as:
(a) Transmitters of energy for health.
(b) Harnessers of the sun's energy.
(c) Objects that pull out negative energy.
(d) Doorways into the future.

11. In some traditions, how is a quartz crystal recharged?
(a) Through a three-day ceremony of incense burning and constant chanting.
(b) Asking a power animal to dance with it in Lowerworld.
(c) Leaving it out in an intense thunderstorm.
(d) Cleansing in the ocean or a spring, then left out in the sun on the solstice.

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

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

14. Frequently, a patient has bonded with his or her power animal in:
(a) The spirit world.
(b) Early adulthood.
(c) Childhood.
(d) A previous lifetime.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where can a shaman go to retrieve a lost power animal?

2. Harner presents one shaman's drawings of the tunnel to Lowerworld. What does it look like?

3. Most cultures believe that a shaman can have how many guardian animals at a time?

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

5. During their "dreamtime," Australian Aruntas often become what?

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