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

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

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

4. 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.

5. 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) Shaking a rattle at different rates depending on the answer.
(c) Tapping with its foot or fin once for no and twice for yes.
(d) Leading the shaman on a journey of experiences that ultimately answer that question.

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

7. In stories of Coyote or Raven, for example, the shaman's connection with the guardian spirit is with what?
(a) A mythical character that does not exist.
(b) An angelic being posing as an animal.
(c) A representative individual of the species.
(d) The entire species.

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

9. In the exercise Harner gives the reader for dancing one's animal guardian spirit, what is the participant asked to do?
(a) Wear a mask of the animal being summoned.
(b) Visualize the animal that is sought.
(c) Drum vigorously for six minutes.
(d) Shake rattles in six directions.

10. What position does Harner recommend for a beginning shaman learning power restoration techniques?
(a) Lying down.
(b) Standing up.
(c) Sitting down.
(d) Kneeling.

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

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

13. Often, a patient already has the following with a returned power animal:
(a) A pre-determined destiny.
(b) An unusual connection.
(c) An agreement.
(d) A spiritual bridge.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Can non-shamans participate in shamanic rituals?

4. When the Coastal Salish wear masks and dance their spirit guardians, what does Harner call this practice?

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

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