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

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

3. A restless power animal may develop what?
(a) A weak connection with its person.
(b) A mental or physical illness.
(c) A mean streak.
(d) Resentment towards the shaman.

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

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

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

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

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

9. When the Coastal Salish wear masks and dance their spirit guardians, what does Harner call this practice?
(a) Calling the Beasts.
(b) Calling the Spirits.
(c) Dancing with the Spirits.
(d) Dancing with the Beasts.

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

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

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

13. Why do the Jivaro and other shamanic tribes believe in waking up a person gently?
(a) To avoid scaring the person to death.
(b) So that the person can remember his or her lucid dreams.
(c) So that the person's power animal has the chance to return.
(d) To preserve the guardian spirit visions he or she received while sleeping.

14. Power practice involves the use of power objects, which almost always are:
(a) Found in nature.
(b) Handcrafted by the shaman's companion.
(c) Teeth and bones extracted from hunted animals.
(d) Passed down from shaman to shaman.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Harner state that it doesn't matter whether the animal that has appeared is fierce or gentle?

2. The shamans among Scandinavian Laps often become what?

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

4. When the apprentice shaman emerges from the tunnel and enters Lowerworld, what animal does Harner say the participant will never see?

5. Particularly during the Inquisition, many Christian church leaders considered animal transformation to be what?

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