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. 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.

2. Among the Coastal Salish, animals that become human are called what?
(a) The Human.
(b) The One.
(c) The Transformer.
(d) The Indian.

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

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

5. 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) Concentric circles with crystals and humans falling through a hole.
(c) A winding chute that's wide at the top and bottom but narrow in the middle.
(d) Brightly lit opening with benevolent animals protecting the entrance.

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

7. In Harner's power restoration exercise for apprentice shamans, he instructs the participant to use the drumbeat as what?
(a) The spirit guide.
(b) The lifeline to reality.
(c) The simulated heartbeat.
(d) The spiritual canoe.

8. 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 smile.
(b) The animal will begin walking up the tunnel.
(c) The animal will give signs that it is ready.
(d) The animal will give off a faint glow.

9. 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) A power animal will be recognized by seeing it four times.
(c) A power animal will speak to the participant.
(d) An animal guide will initiate a power dance.

10. During their "dreamtime," Australian Aruntas often become what?
(a) Kangaroos.
(b) Platypus.
(c) Dolphin whales.
(d) Eagle hawks.

11. Does a guardian spirit have the freedom to leave or stay at will?
(a) No.
(b) It depends on the type of spirit.
(c) Only at night.
(d) Yes.

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

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

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

15. Harner indicates that a tonal animal is linked to someone's fate in what?
(a) Ordinary reality.
(b) Pre-adolescent years.
(c) Dream states.
(d) Shamanic states of consciousness.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. When first communicating with a guardian spirit animal, what does the author recommend novices do before engaging in detailed conversations?

4. A restless power animal may develop what?

5. According to Harner, what are "big dreams?"

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