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

Michael Harner
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Harner compare his near-death experience with the Conibo to?

2. Harner asserts that shamanism has advanced in areas without technological innovations because:

3. In his attempt to find spirit helpers with the assistance of a Jivaro shaman from Ecuador, what does the author do?

4. When the shaman is in an altered state, how does healing take place?

5. What does Harner suggest is the purpose of songs during a shamanic journey?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harner say that a shaman can be distinguished from other medicine men?

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

3. Describe Harner's journey with Akachu.

4. Describe the spirit helpers known as tsentak.

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

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

7. Harner compares rock-seeing to what Western practices?

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

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

10. Give a brief summary of the exercise the author presents to the reader on how to dance one's animal guardian spirit.

Essay 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

Explain the purpose of the shaman working with the following conditions or tools:

1. In total or partial darkness.

2. With drumming, chanting, and rattles.

3. Using plants.

Essay Topic 3

Find contemporary similarities to the following scenarios and, for each one, draw comparisons between the shamanic practice and its contemporary counterpart:

1. A shaman consults with his or her animal guardian.

2. A shaman refrains from healing when he or she feels dis-spirited.

3. A shaman relies on synchronicities to determine whether or not he or she is on the right track.

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