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Michael Harner
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. While in the Lowerworld with a power animal, what does a shamanic exercise participant accomplish by shaking a rattle quickly?
(a) Hypnotizing the power animal.
(b) A quicker return up the tunnel.
(c) Fending off ominous creatures.
(d) A deep trance state.

2. What position does Harner recommend for a beginning shaman learning power restoration techniques?
(a) Sitting down.
(b) Standing up.
(c) Lying down.
(d) Kneeling.

3. Why do the Jivaro and other shamanic tribes believe in waking up a person gently?
(a) So that the person's power animal has the chance to return.
(b) So that the person can remember his or her lucid dreams.
(c) To avoid scaring the person to death.
(d) To preserve the guardian spirit visions he or she received while sleeping.

4. According to Jivaro tradition, a shaman must seek out a guardian spirit how often?
(a) During a full moon.
(b) On an empty stomach.
(c) No more than once a month.
(d) At least every two weeks.

5. When first communicating with a guardian spirit animal, what does the author recommend novices do before engaging in detailed conversations?
(a) Master simple yes-no questions.
(b) Listen to make sure the animal is ready to talk.
(c) Ask the spirit for permission to speak.
(d) Avoid eye contact so that the animal doesn't flee.

Short Answer Questions

1. After the power animal in the Lowerworld alerts the shaman that it is ready to accompany him or her, what is the shaman supposed to do?

2. What happens to a power object when it no longer moves a person emotionally?

3. Myths and stories that have been passed down typically refer to:

4. In order for a shaman to restore power to someone from a distance, what does the author say is required?

5. How does a guardian spirit animal encountered in Lowerworld often communicate with the shaman?

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