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Michael Harner
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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. In a drug-induced vision, Harner sees demons as:
(a) Reptiles.
(b) Fish with teeth.
(c) Faceless ghosts.
(d) Beetles.

2. At the conclusion of the rock-seeing process, after the shaman turns the stones around and examines all sides, what does the shaman do?
(a) Places the stones in his or her healing pouch.
(b) Washes the stones in a stream and blesses them.
(c) Drops the stones and reads information from their resting positions.
(d) Thanks the stones and returns them to their proper places.

3. Harner writes that in non-ordinary reality, spirit helpers appear as what?
(a) Religious deities.
(b) Familiar plants and flowers.
(c) People once known who have passed on.
(d) Animals, including jaguars, monkeys, and butterflies.

4. What must the shaman feed his spirit helpers?
(a) Coffee nectar.
(b) Vanilla beans.
(c) Tobacco water.
(d) Ground allspice.

5. While working, why must a shaman remain lightly connected to the material environment?
(a) Because of the shaman's physical requirements.
(b) Because of having to move between realities.
(c) To incorporate the properties of the material world into the cure.
(d) To harness the power of nature.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author emphasizes that not all tribes use what in their shamanic practices?

2. How do spirit helpers assist the shaman?

3. How does the author describe his world during a shamanic state of consciousness?

4. According to the author, who has a guardian spirit, whether recognized or not?

5. Why do individuals need the protection of a guardian spirit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Akachu question when he and Harner are getting to know each other?

4. Describe Harner's experience of spiritually going to a cave beneath a waterfall with a Jivaro shaman.

5. 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?

6. Describe the tunnel a shaman utilizes to journey into the Lowerworld.

7. Prompted by similarities he found in books and accounts about shamanic experiences, what did Harner decide to do in order to learn more about shamanism?

8. What is the practice of rock-seeing?

9. What does a shaman do with the tsentak to help a patient?

10. Harner emphasizes in Chapter 1 that becoming a shaman involves what?

(see the answer keys)

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