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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. How do the Conibo access the Lowerworld?
(a) Using a giant catahua tree root system.
(b) Through secret holes dug by their ancestors.
(c) By chanting and dancing all night in front of a fire.
(d) Riding on the backs of patagonian capybaras.

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

3. What is the purpose of rapid drumming during the guided journey that Harner takes new students through?
(a) To bring the person back to ordinary reality.
(b) To move the student through stages of non-ordinary reality.
(c) To help the person connect to his or her own heartbeat.
(d) To keep the student from falling asleep during the exercise.

4. While working, why must a shaman remain lightly connected to the material environment?
(a) To harness the power of nature.
(b) Because of having to move between realities.
(c) Because of the shaman's physical requirements.
(d) To incorporate the properties of the material world into the cure.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. One person who tried Harner's step-by-step guided journey exercise reported bringing back what by accident?

2. What is the purpose of rattles used during a shaman's work?

3. Why is the Jivaro shaman who helps Harner worried that the author may not be able to find tsentak?

4. Shaman's do not challenge the validity of someone else's what?

5. At the conclusion of the rock-seeing process, after the shaman turns the stones around and examines all sides, what does the shaman do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the spirit helpers known as tsentak.

4. What does a shaman do with the tsentak to help a patient?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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