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

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

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

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

5. 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) Either by speaking or by appearing in an abnormal way.
(d) By playing on the recipient's childhood fears.

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

7. Shamans believe that lethargic, sick adults can be made well by what?
(a) Journeying back to the source of trauma.
(b) Visualizing their favorite animal.
(c) Regaining their guardian spirit.
(d) Performing the dance of restoration.

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

9. After a shaman successfully retrieves a patient's power animal from the Lowerworld, what's the next step?
(a) Having the patient swallow the animal.
(b) Placing the animal on the patient's chest.
(c) Waiting for the animal to befriend the patient.
(d) Asking the power animal to swallow the patient.

10. 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.

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

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

13. Harner repeatedly emphasizes that not all shamanic experiences involve drugs and instead rely on what?
(a) Jumping, eating, and dreaming.
(b) Meditating, fasting, running, and self-deprivation.
(c) Storytelling, praying, and daydreaming.
(d) Drumming, chanting, singing, and symbolism.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the Jivaro see in someone who possesses a guardian?

2. In some traditions, how is a quartz crystal recharged?

3. A shocked power animal may do what?

4. What do anthropologists refer to as divination?

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

(see the answer keys)

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