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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. Harner's reports of the rituals, symbols, and visions of the different tribes he observes are what?
(a) Simplistic.
(b) Foreign.
(c) Similar.
(d) Disturbing.

2. What does the Jivaro shaman give to Harner to drink?
(a) The juice of the cacao plant.
(b) Fermented coconut milk.
(c) A substance made from the datura plant.
(d) Water from a mystical underground spring.

3. What happens in the state a shaman reaches, known as a type of ecstasy?
(a) The shaman's spirit goes on a type of auto-pilot mode.
(b) The soul leaves the body, either ascending or descending.
(c) A higher entity takes over and controls the shaman's body.
(d) The shaman taps into perfect bliss.

4. If SSC stands for shamanic state of consciousness, what does OSC stand for?
(a) Ordinary shamanic consciousness.
(b) Orthogonal state of consciousness.
(c) Other-worldly shamanic consciousness.
(d) Ordinary state of consciousness.

5. A shaman might enter a shamanic state of consciousness to bring back messages for whom?
(a) Doctors treating a patient.
(b) A patient's loved ones.
(c) Non-traditional doctors in ordinary reality.
(d) A patient in ordinary reality.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a shaman able to do to restore health in a person with the assistance of appropriate spirit helpers?

2. What is the name of the Jivaro shaman Harner works with?

3. Why is Harner afraid to take maikua?

4. In early experiences with the Conibo, Harner hears rushing:

5. Why might a shaman work in darkness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author say shamans feel about what they see in the non-ordinary reality or shamanic state of consciousness (SSC)?

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

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

5. Discuss what Harner says about the humility of shamanism?

6. What is the practice of rock-seeing?

7. What are other names the author mentions for guardian spirits, and what cultures call them by these alternate names?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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