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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. Who wrote "Natural Magick" in 1562?
(a) Galileo Galilei.
(b) Nicolaus Copernicus.
(c) Hans Lippershey.
(d) Giovanni Battista Porta.

2. During their "dreamtime," Australian Aruntas often become what?
(a) Eagle hawks.
(b) Platypus.
(c) Dolphin whales.
(d) Kangaroos.

3. 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) Strength and physical agility.
(c) Power and life success.
(d) Integrity and character.

4. Harner repeatedly emphasizes that not all shamanic experiences involve drugs and instead rely on what?
(a) Jumping, eating, and dreaming.
(b) Drumming, chanting, singing, and symbolism.
(c) Meditating, fasting, running, and self-deprivation.
(d) Storytelling, praying, and daydreaming.

5. When the apprentice shaman emerges from the tunnel and enters Lowerworld, what animal does Harner say the participant will never see?
(a) A whale.
(b) A serpent.
(c) An insect.
(d) A robin.

Short Answer Questions

1. The shamans among Scandinavian Laps often become what?

2. Harner notes that in modern technology, quartz crystals are used in what?

3. During the exercise for restoring power presented to the reader, what happens when the participant emerges from the tunnel into Lowerworld?

4. In what form will an apprentice shaman see an animal upon entering Lowerworld during the power restoration exercise?

5. According to Jivaro tradition, a shaman must seek out a guardian spirit how often?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does a shaman do upon successfully retrieving a power animal for a patient?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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