The Way of the Shaman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Harner
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a purpose for entering a shamanic state of consciousness?

2. What is the purpose of rapid drumming during the guided journey that Harner takes new students through?

3. What does the Jivaro shaman help Harner acquire?

4. Harner asks aspiring shamans to refrain from:

5. What does the Jivaro shaman give to Harner to drink?

Short Essay Questions

1. How and why is a shamanic state of consciousness (SSC) achieved?

2. What are some of the similarities Harner notes in first-hand shamanic experiences reported by middle-class Americans?

3. Describe the roles of drumming and rattling in a shaman's work.

4. How does a shaman take care of his or her tsentak?

5. What is the practice of rock-seeing?

6. Prompted by similarities he found in books and accounts about shamanic experiences, what did Harner decide to do in order to learn more about shamanism?

7. What does Akachu question when he and Harner are getting to know each other?

8. Why does the author find it encouraging for Westerners that not all tribes use drugs in their shamanic practices?

9. Who is Akachu, and how does he help Harner?

10. What are the main functions and activities of a shaman, as described in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast a shaman's power song with ONE of the following: a school fight song, a lullaby, or a love song.

Essay Topic 2

Why would a Westerner with no prior experience with shamanistic practices develop an interest in them? How might he or she benefit from knowing and practicing some of these rituals? What precautions might he or she need to take?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast shamanistic techniques for healing with traditional Western medicine practices. In our current society, is there room for both modalities to complement each other? Explain why or why not.

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