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

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

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

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

5. A shaman will blow a spirit animal into a patient through:
(a) The chest or the back of the head.
(b) The solar plexus.
(c) The nose or the mouth.
(d) The forehead.

6. According to Jivaro tradition, a shaman must seek out a guardian spirit how often?
(a) During a full moon.
(b) No more than once a month.
(c) On an empty stomach.
(d) At least every two weeks.

7. 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) Through a language spoken only in Lowerworld.
(c) By singing a song.
(d) By moving its body in an unusual way.

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

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

10. What do the Jivaro see in someone who possesses a guardian?
(a) An inverted rainbow in the chest.
(b) A golden circle surrounding the person.
(c) A colorful aura around the head.
(d) Sparks of pink light from the fingertips.

11. Why does Harner state that it doesn't matter whether the animal that has appeared is fierce or gentle?
(a) The animal is merely a projection of the participant's imagination.
(b) As sources of power, guardians do not harm the possessor.
(c) Guardians are bound by oath to never harm humans.
(d) The animal's qualities reflect the inner needs of the shaman.

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

13. Most cultures believe that a shaman can have how many guardian animals at a time?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Ten.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Two.

14. Myths and stories that have been passed down typically refer to:
(a) Animal groups possessing supernatural strength.
(b) Animal groups instead of individual animals.
(c) Individual animals instead of animal groups.
(d) Individual hero animals.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the Jivaro and other shamanic tribes believe in waking up a person gently?

2. How does the 1562 book, "Natural Magick," make reference to shamans?

3. Many traditions speak of the mythical past when animals could:

4. A shaman's quartz crystals typically are hidden from what?

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

(see the answer keys)

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