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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what type of plant is the substance being tested commonly found?
(a) A tree.
(b) A cactus.
(c) A bush.
(d) A flower.

2. What affects one's ability to have visionary experiences, according to the author, if one is using the first method mentioned in Appendix 1?
(a) The amount of substance that is allowed to reach the brain.
(b) The number of times a person has used.
(c) The person's disposition before use.
(d) The duration of use.

3. According to the author, at the end of Appendix 1 what is one claim that is made almost universally by visionaries?
(a) They are unable to recall the experience in anything approaching its original intensity.
(b) They are unable to produce the visions at will, regardless of the methods they try.
(c) They can only have the visions when they are in the right frame of mind to do so.
(d) They never have the same vision twice.

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

5. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?
(a) Tying your hands together and trying to knit.
(b) Driving somewhere instead of flying there.
(c) Rowing a boat, or using a motor.
(d) Burning down a house to roast a pig.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?

2. What topic does the author explore in Appendix 2?

3. The author feels that all human beings are naturally what?

4. According to the author, why do religious devotees participate in practices to atone for their sins?

5. What practice has been undertaken by almost all religious aspirants, according to the author?

(see the answer key)

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