Cosmic Trigger I: Final Secret of the Illuminati Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Anton Wilson
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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 secret does the author believe the Illuminati were covering up by feigned conspiracy theories?

2. For what was Timothy Leary arrested and imprisoned, according to the author?

3. What did African tribesmen know about Sirius before scientists had telescopes?

4. What is the scientific term for abrupt contradictions of one's understanding of reality?

5. Whose work does Timothy Leary tell the author he was hoping to complete?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect did research into the Bavarian Illuminati have on Wilson's life?

2. What were the Starseed Transmissions?

3. What is the Discordian Law of Fives?

4. Why does Wilson believe that immortality is an actual physical possibility for human beings?

5. What does Wilson consider to have been Aleister Crowley's major achievement?

6. What are the different forms taken by Mescalito in different myth systems?

7. What does Wilson note may be the final secret of the Illuminati?

8. What are the seven factors Timothy Leary uses in comparing all human interaction to a game model?

9. What are the two meta-models Wilson suggests to account for all of his data?

10. What does Timothy Leary believe is the purpose of the higher neurological circuits that are turned on by use of psychedelic drugs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wilson makes reference to Sufism throughout the book. Research the religion and explain its basic tenets in an informational essay.

Essay Topic 2

What does Wilson mean when he says that research into the occult eventually leads into "Chapel Perilous?" Using quotations and examples from the text, explain the concept of Chapel Perilous, and what happens to an individual who goes there.

Essay Topic 3

Wilson claims that the common understanding of Karma is inaccurate and simplistic. Write an informational essay in which you explain the wheel of Karma and what the common interpretation lacks. Include the example from the text in which the author's daughter was able to stop and reverse the wheel of Karma after being attacked.

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