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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 asks aspiring shamans to refrain from:
(a) Drinking alcohol.
(b) Exercising strenuously.
(c) Using anything electronic.
(d) Eating sweets.

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

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

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

5. Why does Harner include the examples of the Lakota Sioux and Coast Salish tribes for Westerners in particular?
(a) To give them examples of shamanism that might be more familiar to them.
(b) So that they can see that shamanism can be accessed without the use of drugs.
(c) To illustrate the universal nature of shamanism.
(d) Because more than anyone else, Westerners need to understand the nuances of shamanism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Jivaro shaman help Harner acquire?

2. What does Harner recommend that the aspiring shaman listen to?

3. In his attempt to find spirit helpers with the assistance of a Jivaro shaman from Ecuador, what does the author do?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Harner's journey with Akachu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe an environment that's conducive to the shaman being most effective while in a shamanic state of consciousness (SSC).

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