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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. Why does a shaman enter a shamanic state of consciousness?
(a) For a serious, specific purpose.
(b) To prove to the elders that he or she is a shaman.
(c) For clarity and balance.
(d) To practice astral travel.

2. Harner explains that some shamanic students report using caves as:
(a) Portals.
(b) Sensory deprivation stations.
(c) Hiding places.
(d) Sanctuaries.

3. After a journey that lasts several days in the jungle with his companions, Harner is taken where?
(a) To the source of the Amazon to meet the highest shaman.
(b) Beneath a waterfall for a mystical experience.
(c) To a ledge overlooking an enchanted valley.
(d) On another journey to experience higher levels of reality.

4. During the Lakota practice of rock-seeing, a shaman considers a problem while walking through what?
(a) A bed of heated rocks.
(b) A wild area.
(c) A field of boulders.
(d) A rocky stream.

5. The author shows that all religious traditions share:
(a) A mistrust of shamans and mysticism.
(b) Mystical and symbolic similarities.
(c) One common origin.
(d) Similarities in styles of worship.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Harner suggest is the purpose of songs during a shamanic journey?

2. When drugs are involved in Shaman practices, who takes them?

3. What does the Jivaro shaman give to Harner to drink?

4. To learn more about shamanism, what does Harner do?

5. Harner indicates that becoming a shaman involves pain, facing fears, and a willingness to:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the participant of the exercise in Chapter 2 instructed regarding the end of the journey?

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

3. Describe the spirit helpers known as tsentak.

4. What are the main functions and activities of a shaman, as described in Chapter 3?

5. Describe the roles of drumming and rattling in a shaman's work.

6. 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?

7. How and why is a shamanic state of consciousness (SSC) achieved?

8. How does Harner say that a shaman can be distinguished from other medicine men?

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

10. Describe Harner's journey with Akachu.

(see the answer keys)

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