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

2. How do shamans use their guardian spirits?
(a) Actively.
(b) Through trickery.
(c) In supplication.
(d) In passing.

3. Why do individuals need the protection of a guardian spirit?
(a) They are weak.
(b) To reach adulthood.
(c) To counter chaotic spirits.
(d) To maintain a strong, steady heartbeat.

4. Why is Harner afraid to take maikua?
(a) He's heard stories of death and madness that result from taking it.
(b) Its bitterness leaves his mouth dry and burns his throat.
(c) Nobody has ever taken maikua and lived to tell about it.
(d) It is a poison that affects the liver and impairs eyesight.

5. After Harner is awakened from his maikua trance, what is he given?
(a) Peaches and grubs.
(b) Warm oolong tea and papaya seeds.
(c) Pork and mango chutney.
(d) Warm beer and monkey meat.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Harner say that middle-class Americans report experiencing on their shamanic attempts?

2. What are the tsentak?

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

4. Harner writes that in non-ordinary reality, spirit helpers appear as what?

5. In rock-seeing, a shaman takes two rocks, sits with them, poses a question, and then examines the stones for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. When was the book Natural Magick written, and what is it about?

2. Explain what the author is saying when he speaks of Coyote and Raven as groups or species.

3. Describe what the author says about being able to restore power to a patient from a distance.

4. What are harmful intrusions, and what is a shaman's role with regards to intrusions?

5. How do the Jivaro know if a person has or doesn't have a guardian animal spirit?

6. In the Lowerworld, what do the shaman's wild plants morph into?

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

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

9. What connection does a patient often have with a returned spirit animal?

10. How did Essie Parrish, a California Pomo Indian, acquire her first power song?

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