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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author in Appendix 2, how would "proponents of a 'Nothing-But' philosophy" interpret mystical experiences?
(a) As a profoundly religious experience, independent from chemical changes.
(b) As simply the results of chemical changes in the brain.
(c) The result of mental illness.
(d) As an inexplicable glimpse into the Mind-At-Large.

2. 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 never have the same vision twice.
(c) They can only have the visions when they are in the right frame of mind to do so.
(d) They are unable to produce the visions at will, regardless of the methods they try.

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

4. What is the drawback to the "visionary arts" mentioned in Appendix 3?
(a) They are ephemeral, and earlier masterpieces have been lost to us.
(b) They require a great deal of time, effort and expense to put on.
(c) They are experienced differently by each individual, so no one understands how another experiences them.
(d) They can only be experienced in large groups.

5. Who is mentioned in Appendix 5 as the artist who painted "Dell in Helmingham Park"?
(a) Constable.
(b) Van Gogh.
(c) Millais.
(d) Monet.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the first objects upon which the author intently focuses during the experiment?

2. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?

3. When did fireworks re-enter the world of popular entertainment, according to the author?

4. What is self-flagellation?

5. According to the author, what is "one of the most magical and transporting of spectacles"?

(see the answer key)

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