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

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

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

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

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

6. While in the Lowerworld with a power animal, what does a shamanic exercise participant accomplish by shaking a rattle quickly?
(a) A quicker return up the tunnel.
(b) Fending off ominous creatures.
(c) A deep trance state.
(d) Hypnotizing the power animal.

7. On the guided power restoration journey that involves descending down a tunnel, the author cautions against encountering:
(a) Weeping female spirits.
(b) Large predators with exposed teeth.
(c) Male spirits with weapons.
(d) Ominously voracious non-mammals.

8. Can non-shamans participate in shamanic rituals?
(a) Only from a distance.
(b) Only women.
(c) Never.
(d) Yes, in some traditions.

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

10. Particularly during the Inquisition, many Christian church leaders considered animal transformation to be what?
(a) Laughable.
(b) Sorcery.
(c) Harmless.
(d) Empowering.

11. Some creation myths show with the passage of time, only shamans could:
(a) Communicate with animals.
(b) Read animals' minds.
(c) Gain acceptance by the animal kingdom.
(d) Transform into animals.

12. Shamans typically utilize crystals as:
(a) Harnessers of the sun's energy.
(b) Transmitters of energy for health.
(c) Objects that pull out negative energy.
(d) Doorways into the future.

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the most famous method of acquiring a guardian animal spirit?

2. Where can a shaman go to retrieve a lost power animal?

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

4. Power practice involves the use of power objects, which almost always are:

5. A shocked power animal may do what?

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