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

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

3. When a shaman delivers the spirit of a power animal into the patient, he or she also:
(a) Blesses the animal.
(b) Blesses the patient.
(c) Tells the animal to cure the patient.
(d) Tells the patient what the animal is.

4. After a novice receives an answer from a guardian spirit animal, what does Harner recommend he or she do?
(a) Write down the answer as soon as possible.
(b) Test the spirit to make sure the answer is correct.
(c) Move on to the next question.
(d) Spend fifteen minutes meditating on the answer's meaning.

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

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

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

8. Myths and stories that have been passed down typically refer to:
(a) Individual hero animals.
(b) Individual animals instead of animal groups.
(c) Animal groups instead of individual animals.
(d) Animal groups possessing supernatural strength.

9. Why does the author say dancing is an effective way to keep one's animal close?
(a) It exercises and honors the animal.
(b) Animals are attracted to movement.
(c) Animals are hypnotized by the dancing.
(d) It creates vibrant energy the animal enjoys.

10. 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) Charge at the animal and chase it up the tunnel.
(b) Clasp the animal to the chest and, with the other hand, rattle quickly.
(c) Close his or her eyes and float back up the tunnel with the animal right behind.
(d) Bow down humbly and respectfully request that the animal accompany him or her.

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

12. Harner presents one shaman's drawings of the tunnel to Lowerworld. What does it look like?
(a) A cavern with steps leading straight down.
(b) A winding chute that's wide at the top and bottom but narrow in the middle.
(c) Concentric circles with crystals and humans falling through a hole.
(d) Brightly lit opening with benevolent animals protecting the entrance.

13. What should a shaman NOT do when feeling dis-spirited?
(a) Listen to a drumbeat.
(b) Walk into the wilderness.
(c) Attempt to heal someone.
(d) Visualize clear light.

14. When the apprentice shaman emerges from the tunnel and enters Lowerworld, what animal does Harner say the participant will never see?
(a) A serpent.
(b) An insect.
(c) A robin.
(d) A whale.

15. The shamans among Scandinavian Laps often become what?
(a) Whales, fish, polar bears, and elk.
(b) Moose, caribou, bears, and rabbits.
(c) Bears, reindeer, wolves, and fish.
(d) Reindeer, elk, rabbits, and foxes.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the shaman has a question, the guardian spirit animal may answer it by:

2. According to Jivaro tradition, a shaman must seek out a guardian spirit how often?

3. What does Harner recommend to a shaman student if he or she meets frightening creatures, such as fanged serpents or fish with teeth?

4. Why must a shaman not send power directly to the patient?

5. An especially powerful type of power object is the quartz crystal, which a shaman often associates with:

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