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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. What do anthropologists refer to as divination?
(a) Consultation between a shaman and his or her animal.
(b) A patient's spontaneous healing after a shaman's visit.
(c) The act of shaking a shamanic rattle in six directions.
(d) Information a shaman shares immediately after emerging from the Lowerworld tunnel.

2. While in the Lowerworld on a journey to restore power, how will the shaman know if a power animal is ready to accompany the seeker?
(a) The animal will begin walking up the tunnel.
(b) The animal will give signs that it is ready.
(c) The animal will smile.
(d) The animal will give off a faint glow.

3. A shaman's quartz crystals typically are hidden from what?
(a) Moonlight.
(b) Spirit guides.
(c) Tribal leaders.
(d) Sun's rays.

4. Myths and stories that have been passed down typically refer to:
(a) Animal groups possessing supernatural strength.
(b) Individual hero animals.
(c) Animal groups instead of individual animals.
(d) Individual animals instead of animal groups.

5. On the guided power restoration journey that involves descending down a tunnel, the author cautions against encountering:
(a) Large predators with exposed teeth.
(b) Weeping female spirits.
(c) Male spirits with weapons.
(d) Ominously voracious non-mammals.

Short Answer Questions

1. During their "dreamtime," Australian Aruntas often become what?

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

3. What should a shaman NOT do when feeling dis-spirited?

4. Harner writes in Chapter 5 that power helps a person resist or dispel what?

5. When the Coastal Salish wear masks and dance their spirit guardians, what does Harner call this practice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What might a restless or shocked power animal do?

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

4. What does Harner say about shamanism and synchronicity?

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

6. How do power animals first show themselves to a shaman?

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

8. What is the bone game?

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

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

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