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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. Among some Plains Indians tribes, it is believed that those who don't have a guardian animal spirit lack what?
(a) Courage and compassion.
(b) Power and life success.
(c) Integrity and character.
(d) Strength and physical agility.

2. In order for a shaman to restore power to someone from a distance, what does the author say is required?
(a) Advanced intuition and much courage.
(b) Great concentration and expert sight.
(c) Great expectations and focused desire.
(d) Expert skills and advanced confidence.

3. How many guardian animals does a person have in a lifetime?
(a) A different one each year.
(b) Two or three.
(c) Only one.
(d) Many.

4. When the shaman has a question, the guardian spirit animal may answer it by:
(a) Entering the shaman's mind and communicating answers telepathically.
(b) Tapping with its foot or fin once for no and twice for yes.
(c) Shaking a rattle at different rates depending on the answer.
(d) Leading the shaman on a journey of experiences that ultimately answer that question.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When a power animal becomes human through a magical transformation, the animal becomes what for the shaman?

2. Often, a patient already has the following with a returned power animal:

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

4. How do power animals reveal themselves and their special powers?

5. After a novice receives an answer from a guardian spirit animal, what does Harner recommend he or she do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why should a shaman avoid trying to heal when he or she is feeling dis-spirited?

6. 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?

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

8. How can a shaman tell whether or not an individual has a guardian spirit?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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