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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Harner recommend to a shaman student if he or she meets frightening creatures, such as fanged serpents or fish with teeth?
(a) Sing a power song and ask for protection.
(b) Come back up the tunnel and try again later.
(c) Close your eyes, count to three, and continue forward if the creature has disappeared.
(d) Show no fear and proceed with caution.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Myths and stories that have been passed down typically refer to:

2. Frequently, a patient has bonded with his or her power animal in:

3. After a novice receives an answer from a guardian spirit animal, what does Harner recommend he or she do?

4. How does a guardian spirit animal encountered in Lowerworld often communicate with the shaman?

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

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