The Doors of Perception, and Heaven and Hell Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 2: Appendix 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the political purpose of regalia and pageantry, according to the author?
(a) To impress other aristocrats and politicians.
(b) To impress the lower-class subjects.
(c) To prove one's worth as a leader.
(d) To express individuality and taste.

2. How would a spiritual person interpret chemically-induced visionary experiences?
(a) They were sent by God, and the chemicals had nothing to do with it.
(b) All experiences are chemically-induced, including the divine ones, because that's just how our bodies work.
(c) A vision which is chemically-induced cannot be divine.
(d) Most truly spiritual people don't believe in visionary experiences.

3. Which of these is NOT a vision which the author thinks might be produced by prodding the brain with an electrode?
(a) The author's friend's vision of a colorful Japanese landscape.
(b) Nostradamus's visions of the future.
(c) Weir Mitchell's visions of the Gothic tower.
(d) Blake's visions of the Cherubim.

4. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?
(a) Sculpture.
(b) Basketweaving.
(c) Painting.
(d) Architecture.

5. According to the author, why do religious devotees participate in practices to atone for their sins?
(a) To achieve a better understanding of themselves and the teachings of their religion.
(b) To achieve a natural high, created by feelings of religious exultation.
(c) To get a reprieve from feelings of guilt or inadequacy.
(d) To prepare themselves for judgment after death.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of these is NOT a specialist who the author feels should be consulted by an aspiring mystic?

2. What researcher performed experiments with touching parts of the brain with a fine electrode?

3. What happened to "pyrotechny" after the fall of Rome?

4. What is the first of the two methods the author discusses in Appendix 1 for inducing visionary experiences?

5. What is the biggest difference between dreams and visions, according to the author?

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