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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 is a shaman able to do to restore health in a person with the assistance of appropriate spirit helpers?
(a) Channel energy from healing realms.
(b) Increase positive messages entering the mind through the whispers of spirit helpers.
(c) Remove pockets of dark energy stuck inside the patient's blood vessels.
(d) Suck negative magical darts from a patient's body.

2. The author shows that all religious traditions share:
(a) Mystical and symbolic similarities.
(b) One common origin.
(c) Similarities in styles of worship.
(d) A mistrust of shamans and mysticism.

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

4. How does a shaman typically travel into the Lowerworld?
(a) By teleporting.
(b) Through a hole or tunnel.
(c) Wearing a special cloak.
(d) On the wings of a dragon.

5. What does the author tell an aspiring shaman to do upon returning from his or her first journey?
(a) Go to sleep.
(b) Immediately stand and walk around.
(c) Describe the journey aloud.
(d) Drink a glass of water.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the role of amnesia in a shaman's rituals?

3. What does Harner compare his near-death experience with the Conibo to?

4. What happens in the state a shaman reaches, known as a type of ecstasy?

5. What does Harner point out about the Lakota Sioux and the Coast Salish tribes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How and why is a shamanic state of consciousness (SSC) achieved?

4. Explain the connection between an individual and his or her guardian spirit.

5. What is the practice of rock-seeing?

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

7. Describe Harner's journey with Akachu.

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

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

10. Harner emphasizes in Chapter 1 that becoming a shaman involves what?

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