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

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

3. How does mescalin affect the user's brain function?
(a) It makes users unable to recognize or remember familiar people, places and objects.
(b) It affects the brain's enzymes and absorption of glucose.
(c) It affects the user's ability to react appropriately to potentially dangerous situations.
(d) It blocks the brain's ability to filter sensory input.

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

5. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?
(a) They have completely ceased to matter to him.
(b) They are warped and inaccurate.
(c) They don't seem to matter as much as they usually do.
(d) They are more noticeable and pronounced than usual.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event was, according to the author, an example of ancient pageantry which was enriched and improved by technological advances?

2. What substance is the author testing in the experiment?

3. What is the second technique, described by the author in Appendix 1, for inducing a visionary state?

4. Why are religious beings often portrayed doing nothing?

5. What affects one's ability to have visionary experiences, according to the author, if one is using the first method mentioned in Appendix 1?

(see the answer key)

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