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

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

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

4. A shocked power animal may do what?
(a) Leave the person permanently.
(b) Shut down and refuse to communicate.
(c) Grow ill and die.
(d) Attack its person.

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

6. What do negative big dreams carry, according to the author?
(a) Bad karma.
(b) Irrelevant information.
(c) Important messages.
(d) Excessive burdens.

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

8. Among some Plains Indians tribes, it is believed that those who don't have a guardian animal spirit lack what?
(a) Courage and compassion.
(b) Power and life success.
(c) Strength and physical agility.
(d) Integrity and character.

9. How do power animals reveal themselves and their special powers?
(a) By singing a coded song understandable only to shamans.
(b) Either by speaking or by appearing in an abnormal way.
(c) Either by a ghostly apparition or through blinding light.
(d) By playing on the recipient's childhood fears.

10. When a power animal becomes human through a magical transformation, the animal becomes what for the shaman?
(a) The alter ego.
(b) The messenger.
(c) The deliverer.
(d) The truth.

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

12. How many guardian animals does a person have in a lifetime?
(a) A different one each year.
(b) Many.
(c) Only one.
(d) Two or three.

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

14. What do the Jivaro do so that newborns can see their guardians?
(a) They sing songs about guardian animal spirits.
(b) They give the infants a light hallucinogen.
(c) They prick an infant's left thumb.
(d) They take the babies on a journey through the wilderness.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In order for a shaman to restore power to someone from a distance, what does the author say is required?

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

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

5. Harner notes that in modern technology, quartz crystals are used in what?

(see the answer keys)

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