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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 compare his near-death experience with the Conibo to?
(a) Ancient Daoism stories.
(b) The concept of reincarnation.
(c) Descriptions in the Bible.
(d) Teachings of Confucius.

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

3. Shaman's do not challenge the validity of someone else's what?
(a) Authentic first-hand experience.
(b) Healing methods.
(c) Claims of being a shaman.
(d) Drug addiction.

4. On his or her first guided journey, the shaman student is asked by Harner to visualize what?
(a) A quiet, tranquil scene that includes the element of water.
(b) An opening in the earth that feels acceptable.
(c) A starry sky and the patterns the stars form.
(d) A favorite animal or element of nature.

5. What does Harner speculate about the mandala?
(a) It could represent the doorway to stars and entrance to spaceships.
(b) It could hold the keys to astral time travel.
(c) It may guard coded instructions reserved for the most advanced shamans.
(d) It may represent openings to the sky or the Lowerworld.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Jivaro shaman help Harner acquire?

2. When the shaman is in an altered state, how does healing take place?

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

4. Which of the following is NOT a purpose for entering a shamanic state of consciousness?

5. The author emphasizes that not all tribes use what in their shamanic practices?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Harner's journey with Akachu.

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

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

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

5. What does Akachu question when he and Harner are getting to know each other?

6. What is the practice of rock-seeing?

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

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

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

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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