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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 2: Appendix 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did "pyrotechny" begin in Europe, according to the author?
(a) Weaponry for sieges and naval battles.
(b) A source of propulsion for machinery and engines.
(c) A pursuit of ever-greater displays for leisure and religion.
(d) Alchemists' pursuit of a substance that would transform base metals into gold.

2. What topic does the author explore in Appendix 2?
(a) The availability and safety of various vision-inducing techniques.
(b) The personality traits common to most visionaries and mystics.
(c) The role of visionaries and mystics in the modern Western world.
(d) The uncommon accuracy with which most visionaries are able to recall their visions.

3. When did fireworks re-enter the world of popular entertainment, according to the author?
(a) During the Industrial Revolution.
(b) In the mid-18th century.
(c) During the reign of Elizabeth I.
(d) During the Renaissance.

4. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?
(a) Their visions were induced by a different means.
(b) They had shorter life spans.
(c) They believed in the Devil and were afraid of damnation.
(d) They lived in more dangerous environments.

5. What practice has been undertaken by almost all religious aspirants, according to the author?
(a) Fasting.
(b) Pilgrimage.
(c) Bodily mortification.
(d) Meditation.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The substance produced by the breakdown of adrenaline mimics the effect of what psychological disorder?

3. Which is NOT one of the "visionary arts" that the author mentions at the beginning of Appendix 3?

4. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?

5. According to the author in Appendix 2, how would "proponents of a 'Nothing-But' philosophy" interpret mystical experiences?

(see the answer key)

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