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. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?
(a) Because they don't have anything precious to give, but flowers are always available.
(b) Because they are a living sacrifice but not associated with feelings of guilt and shame the way other sacrifices are.
(c) Because they feel, on some level, that they are giving back something which is indigenous to Heaven.
(d) Because they don't really understand the significance of doing so.

2. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?
(a) Wormwood.
(b) Coca.
(c) Peyote.
(d) Marijuana.

3. What is the main reason for conducting the experiment in which the author participates?
(a) A need for more comprehensive information regarding the drug's long-term side effects.
(b) A need to understand the so-called "visionary" experiences associated with the drug.
(c) A need to understand why the drug has been used in religious and secular ceremonies.
(d) A need to catalogue the psychological effects of the drug on someone who already has a psychiatric illness.

4. How do utilitarians feel about art?
(a) It is useful only when it is appreciated by most of society.
(b) It is only worthwhile if it is beautiful and functional, as in the case of fine architecture.
(c) It doesn't have much value.
(d) It is a necessary diversion for humanity.

5. What are the first objects upon which the author intently focuses during the experiment?
(a) Some pens and pencils in a cup on his desk.
(b) The table and chairs in the room.
(c) Three flowers in a vase on the table.
(d) The books on his shelves.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What two techniques, according to the author, can produce effects similar to those of mescalin?

3. What is known about the substance being tested as of the year the experiment is performed?

4. 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?

5. What is the Dharma-body?

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