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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What substance is the author testing in the experiment?
(a) Mescalin.
(b) Cocaine.
(c) Angel dust.
(d) Acid.

2. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?
(a) He feels that time speeds up at times, and slows down at others.
(b) It doesn't matter to him at all.
(c) His perception of time is unchanged.
(d) He is keenly aware of, and saddened by, each passing second.

3. Why are religious beings often portrayed doing nothing?
(a) Because it would be sacreligious to presume to know what divine beings do with their time.
(b) Because human beings are not predisposed to look for action in art.
(c) Because it is too difficult for most painters to make something beautiful and to also convey a message with it.
(d) Because their role is not an active one.

4. What is NOT a side-effect experienced by under-nourished individuals, according to the author in Appendix 2?
(a) Euphoria.
(b) Anxiety.
(c) Hypochondria.
(d) Depression.

5. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?
(a) Recreationally, and in religious ceremonies.
(b) To sedate those with psychiatric problems.
(c) In religious ceremonies.
(d) Recreationally.

6. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?
(a) They ate mostly meat and grains, with some fruit and vegetables.
(b) They ate pretty much the same diet they ate during the rest of the year.
(c) They ate dried meat and fruit which they stored during the autumn harvest.
(d) They ate no fruit, no vegetables, and very little meat or dairy.

7. According to the author, what is "one of the most magical and transporting of spectacles"?
(a) A bonfire.
(b) A fireworks display.
(c) A religious ceremony.
(d) An opera.

8. What is the main quality of the drug being tested?
(a) Psychedelic.
(b) Sedative.
(c) Stimulant.
(d) Hallucinogenic.

9. What is the second technique, described by the author in Appendix 1, for inducing a visionary state?
(a) Use of various sound frequencies.
(b) Use of ambient music.
(c) Use of a repetitive hand movement.
(d) Use of a stroboscopic lamp.

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

11. Why are marble and stone often particularly impressive materials in art?
(a) Because the pieces made from them are usually very large.
(b) Because they are so hard to find.
(c) Because they last longer than many other pieces of art.
(d) Because they are more difficult to work with than other media.

12. From whence does the author believe visionary experiences originate?
(a) From the Mind-at-large.
(b) From the user's memories.
(c) From the user's imagination.
(d) From the user's racial memory.

13. What event was, according to the author, an example of ancient pageantry which was enriched and improved by technological advances?
(a) The first performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in a theater equipped with modern technology.
(b) The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
(c) The inauguration of the first President, George Washington.
(d) The first motion picture.

14. What is self-flagellation?
(a) The act of cutting oneself.
(b) The act of burning oneself.
(c) The act of piercing one's skin.
(d) The act of whipping oneself.

15. What is the art form which is most likely to transport those who experience it?
(a) Stained glass.
(b) Jewelry.
(c) Sculpture.
(d) Painting.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?

2. To what field of science does the author compare the human mind at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell"?

3. What is the main reason for conducting the experiment in which the author participates?

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

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

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