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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, what are the two ways to achieve a level of consciousness that allows for exploration of the undiscovered areas of the mind?
(a) Meditation and drugs.
(b) Drugs and hypnosis.
(c) Drugs and fasting.
(d) Fasting and meditation.

2. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?
(a) It permanently alters the user's brain in some ways.
(b) Its chemical makeup is similar to adrenalin.
(c) It shouldn't be used by people with anxiety or panic disorders.
(d) It was a natural by-product of processing the plant in certain ways.

3. What is Heaven, according to the author?
(a) A vantage point for viewing divinity.
(b) A place of rest and repose, where no one is doing anything.
(c) A fallacy, created by those who misinterpreted visionary experiences.
(d) A concept invented by humanity because of our desperate need for hope.

4. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?
(a) Recreationally.
(b) Recreationally, and in religious ceremonies.
(c) To sedate those with psychiatric problems.
(d) In religious ceremonies.

5. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?
(a) The second was originally a journal entry, and the author didn't intend to publish it.
(b) The second was written before the author's experimentation with drugs.
(c) The second essay has a darker, more sinister tone than the first.
(d) The second doesn't recount any specific experience.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what field of science does the author compare the human mind at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell"?

2. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?

3. According to the author, which form of art is most practically useful?

4. What is the main quality of the drug being tested?

5. What is the art form which is most likely to transport those who experience it?

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