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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. For the Jivaro, where do guardian spirits reside primarily?
(a) In the chest.
(b) At the hips.
(c) Behind the eyes.
(d) In each ear.

2. Why does the author say dancing is an effective way to keep one's animal close?
(a) Animals are attracted to movement.
(b) It exercises and honors the animal.
(c) Animals are hypnotized by the dancing.
(d) It creates vibrant energy the animal enjoys.

3. When a power animal becomes human through a magical transformation, the animal becomes what for the shaman?
(a) The alter ego.
(b) The messenger.
(c) The truth.
(d) The deliverer.

4. Power practice involves the use of power objects, which almost always are:
(a) Handcrafted by the shaman's companion.
(b) Found in nature.
(c) Passed down from shaman to shaman.
(d) Teeth and bones extracted from hunted animals.

5. Among the Coastal Salish, animals that become human are called what?
(a) The Indian.
(b) The One.
(c) The Transformer.
(d) The Human.

Short Answer Questions

1. Among some Plains Indians tribes, it is believed that those who don't have a guardian animal spirit lack what?

2. Frequently, a patient has bonded with his or her power animal in:

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

4. Harner indicates that a tonal animal is linked to someone's fate in what?

5. In Harner's power restoration exercise for apprentice shamans, he instructs the participant to use the drumbeat as what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What connection does a patient often have with a returned spirit animal?

2. Describe what Harner refers to as the "Calling The Beasts" ritual.

3. Where do "big dreams" come from, and what purpose do they serve?

4. What does Harner say about shamanism and synchronicity?

5. What might a restless or shocked power animal do?

6. What are power objects, and what are they for?

7. Give a brief summary of the exercise the author presents to the reader on how to dance one's animal guardian spirit.

8. Explain what the author is saying when he speaks of Coyote and Raven as groups or species.

9. In the power restoration exercise presented to the reader in Chapter 5, what typically happens when the participant goes through the tunnel and reaches the Lowerworld?

10. Describe what Harner writes about the mythical past link between humans and animals.

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