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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. In stories of Coyote or Raven, for example, the shaman's connection with the guardian spirit is with what?
(a) A representative individual of the species.
(b) The entire species.
(c) A mythical character that does not exist.
(d) An angelic being posing as an animal.

2. What do negative big dreams carry, according to the author?
(a) Irrelevant information.
(b) Excessive burdens.
(c) Bad karma.
(d) Important messages.

3. What does Harner recommend to a shaman student if he or she meets frightening creatures, such as fanged serpents or fish with teeth?
(a) Show no fear and proceed with caution.
(b) Close your eyes, count to three, and continue forward if the creature has disappeared.
(c) Come back up the tunnel and try again later.
(d) Sing a power song and ask for protection.

4. Why must a shaman not send power directly to the patient?
(a) It will exhaust the shaman's energy.
(b) The guardian spirit animals will feel useless and disappear.
(c) It can contaminate the patient's energy.
(d) The extra power can shock a weakened patient's system.

5. In Harner's power restoration exercise for apprentice shamans, he instructs the participant to use the drumbeat as what?
(a) The simulated heartbeat.
(b) The spiritual canoe.
(c) The lifeline to reality.
(d) The spirit guide.

Short Answer Questions

1. What element is often reported in many successful guardian spirit journeys?

2. Does a guardian spirit have the freedom to leave or stay at will?

3. How does the 1562 book, "Natural Magick," make reference to shamans?

4. In the Jivaro tradition, the identity of a power animal is what?

5. A restless power animal may develop what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When was the book Natural Magick written, and what is it about?

3. What does Harner say about shamanism and synchronicity?

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

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

6. How does a shaman obtain a power song needed to retrieve a power animal?

7. How did Essie Parrish, a California Pomo Indian, acquire her first power song?

8. What does Harner recommend for novice shamans trying to communicate with guardian spirit animals?

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

10. Why does a power animal need to be danced regularly?

(see the answer keys)

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