Practice Quiz for Trancing in Religion

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1 A _____________ is an altered state of consciousness in which an individual is in a hypnotic-like mental condition or at least profoundly absorbed.
a) fast
b) trance
c) hallucinogen
d) flagellation
2 When they go into a trance, shamans commonly report that:
a) they gain tremendous physical strength
b) they become supernatural beings
c) they are taking a journey in which they must pass through difficult situations in order to reach their own spirit helpers
3 Which of the following techniques have been used to achieve a trance state?
a) prolonged isolation from human contact
b) breathing exercises and meditation
c) prolonged, repetitive, ritual dancing and/or drumming
d) all of the above
4 Which of the following statements is true concerning the shamanistic use of hallucinogenic drugs?
a) It has been widespread, especially in Africa.
b) Their use has been particularly common in large-scale, non-egalitarian societies.
c) When such drugs are available, they are usually considered to be the easiest and the fastest method of contacting the supernatural.
d) all of the above
5 In which of the following areas have hallucinogenic drugs been used commonly by native peoples?
a) Siberia
b) Amazon Basin of South America
c) Europe
d) all of the above


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