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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. What does Harner say that middle-class Americans report experiencing on their shamanic attempts?
(a) Temperature changes.
(b) Colors.
(c) Tunnels.
(d) Euphoria.

2. Apprentice shamans sometimes report to Harner that they:
(a) Feel a sense of endless falling.
(b) See loved ones who have passed on.
(c) Morph into other forms.
(d) Panic during the experience.

3. How might a shaman be distinguished from other medicine men?
(a) By the animal tokens they carry in a pouch.
(b) By the ability to enter altered states of consciousness at will.
(c) By the ability to handle poisonous substances without incurring harm.
(d) By the tattoo markings given him or her by a mentor.

4. To learn more about shamanism, what does Harner do?
(a) Lives among tribal people to learn their shamanic ways.
(b) Asks the oldest shaman in the world to mentor him.
(c) Assembles a team of seven shamans from every corner of the world.
(d) Enrolls in a class on shamanism at his community college.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Included in the reports from participants of Harner's first guided shamanic exercise are:

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

3. Among other sensations in his experience with the Conibo, Harner experiences a sense of flying inside what?

4. What similarity does Harner point out between shamanism and science?

5. Shamans pass through what kind of planes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a shaman take care of his or her tsentak?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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