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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. How do power animals reveal themselves and their special powers?
(a) By singing a coded song understandable only to shamans.
(b) Either by a ghostly apparition or through blinding light.
(c) By playing on the recipient's childhood fears.
(d) Either by speaking or by appearing in an abnormal way.

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

3. Harner notes that in modern technology, quartz crystals are used in what?
(a) Solar-powered panels and electric cars.
(b) Atomic reactors.
(c) Radio transmitters and computers.
(d) Children's electronic toys.

4. An especially powerful type of power object is the quartz crystal, which a shaman often associates with:
(a) Light, the sky, and celestial bodies.
(b) The earth's magnetic field.
(c) Waterfalls, streams, and caverns.
(d) Lightning, storms, and electricity.

5. How does the 1562 book, "Natural Magick," make reference to shamans?
(a) It condemns shamans as charlatans and evildoers.
(b) It lists every reference to shamanic rituals and practices known at the time.
(c) It encapsulates knowledge of the shaman-animal metamorphosis.
(d) It warns the church to stay clear of shamans or burn in hell.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the Jivaro and other shamanic tribes believe in waking up a person gently?

2. The shamans among Scandinavian Laps often become what?

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

4. Why must a shaman not send power directly to the patient?

5. After the power animal in the Lowerworld alerts the shaman that it is ready to accompany him or her, what is the shaman supposed to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe what the author says about being able to restore power to a patient from a distance.

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

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

9. What is a vision quest?

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

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