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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. A shaman might enter a shamanic state of consciousness to bring back messages for whom?
(a) A patient in ordinary reality.
(b) Doctors treating a patient.
(c) Non-traditional doctors in ordinary reality.
(d) A patient's loved ones.

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

3. Shamans pass through what kind of planes?
(a) Ethereal.
(b) Parallel.
(c) Cosmological.
(d) Earthly.

4. After a journey that lasts several days in the jungle with his companions, Harner is taken where?
(a) To the source of the Amazon to meet the highest shaman.
(b) To a ledge overlooking an enchanted valley.
(c) Beneath a waterfall for a mystical experience.
(d) On another journey to experience higher levels of reality.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the author quote as an expert on the subject of altered states?

2. What does the Jivaro shaman give to Harner to drink?

3. Master shamans focus on a triumvirate which is composed of what?

4. On his or her first guided journey, the shaman student is asked by Harner to visualize what?

5. The author states that the humility in shamanism lies in what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Harner says that apprentice shamans report similarities in how they get out of difficulties. What are some of the difficulties he mentions?

2. What is the practice of rock-seeing?

3. Describe Harner's journey with Akachu.

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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