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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With the help of spirit helpers and two tsentak inside his mouth, the shaman can help the patient by:
(a) Smoking out the intruder.
(b) Vomiting out the intruder.
(c) Frightening the intruder out.
(d) Swallowing the intruder.

2. On his or her first guided journey, the shaman student is asked by Harner to visualize what?
(a) A starry sky and the patterns the stars form.
(b) An opening in the earth that feels acceptable.
(c) A favorite animal or element of nature.
(d) A quiet, tranquil scene that includes the element of water.

3. In his attempt to find spirit helpers with the assistance of a Jivaro shaman from Ecuador, what does the author do?
(a) He spiritually goes to a cave underneath a waterfall.
(b) He calls out to spirit helpers in the rainforest.
(c) He joins Jivaro in an out-of-body ritual.
(d) He repeats an ancient chant Jivaro teaches him.

4. Which of the following do reputable shamans NOT do?
(a) Practice clairvoyance.
(b) Make deals with evil spirits.
(c) Take on patients' symptoms.
(d) Cross realities at will.

5. Why does Harner say it's important that the shaman does not tell the patient's family that he already has the ordinary form of the spirit in his mouth?
(a) The physical manifestation that has infected the patient will read the family's thoughts, rendering the cure useless.
(b) The symbolic act of expelling the ordinary form is part of the ritual rather than the actual act that removes the intruder spirit.
(c) The family should not know what is happening to the patient without the patient's explicit permission.
(d) It will frighten the family, and this fear will work against the energies applied by the shaman.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Harner is awakened from his maikua trance, what is he given?

2. What does Harner compare his near-death experience with the Conibo to?

3. During the Lakota practice of rock-seeing, a shaman considers a problem while walking through what?

4. What does Harner speculate about the mandala?

5. At the conclusion of the rock-seeing process, after the shaman turns the stones around and examines all sides, what does the shaman do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Akachu, and how does he help Harner?

2. Harner compares rock-seeing to what Western practices?

3. Summarize the first shamanic journey exercise presented to the reader in Chapter 2.

4. Describe the spirit helpers known as tsentak.

5. Why does the author find it encouraging for Westerners that not all tribes use drugs in their shamanic practices?

6. In the step-by-step instructions for going on a first shamanic journey that the author supplies for the reader in Chapter 2, how does he ask the participant to prepare?

7. Explain the connection between an individual and his or her guardian spirit.

8. How old is shamanism, and what cultures have best preserved this practice?

9. What is the practice of rock-seeing?

10. Describe Harner's journey with Akachu.

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