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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 the Jivaro tradition, the identity of a power animal is what?
(a) Shared with the patient's spouse and children.
(b) Revealed freely to everyone.
(c) Strictly hidden from others.
(d) Told to the patient's parents and siblings.

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

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

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

5. What should a shaman NOT do when feeling dis-spirited?
(a) Walk into the wilderness.
(b) Visualize clear light.
(c) Attempt to heal someone.
(d) Listen to a drumbeat.

Short Answer Questions

1. Can non-shamans participate in shamanic rituals?

2. Power practice involves the use of power objects, which almost always are:

3. When the apprentice shaman emerges from the tunnel and enters Lowerworld, what animal does Harner say the participant will never see?

4. Where can a shaman go to retrieve a lost power animal?

5. When first communicating with a guardian spirit animal, what does the author recommend novices do before engaging in detailed conversations?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What does Harner say about shamanism and synchronicity?

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

5. How do the Jivaro know if a person has or doesn't have a guardian animal spirit?

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

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

8. In the power restoration exercise Harner presents for the reader, what is the participant told to avoid?

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

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

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