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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which physiological system's tissues are more "vulnerable," according to the author, than the others?
(a) The limbic system.
(b) The gastrointestinal system.
(c) The nervous system.
(d) The cardiovascular system.

4. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?
(a) The rarity of negative side effects in users.
(b) A marked increase in the subject's ability to see things with their eyes closed.
(c) The cheapness and availability of the substance used.
(d) Subjects perceiving that they are able to communicate with a higher power.

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

6. Why is the first technique in Appendix 1 even less understood than mescalin use?
(a) No research has been performed to determine its long-term effects.
(b) It is used by very few people in comparison to mescalin.
(c) There's a lot of variation in what people see while using this technique.
(d) Its specific effects on the brain are not well understood.

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

8. What film does the author reference as an example of the distorted documentary?
(a) "Queen Mab."
(b) "The Revolt of Islam."
(c) "The Living Desert."
(d) "NY, NY."

9. How are light and color typically experienced by mescalin users while they are under the influence of the drug?
(a) They appear in geometric shapes, such as buildings or mosaics.
(b) They appear as movement trails and waves.
(c) They appear in natural patterns and tessellations.
(d) They appear in soft, rounded shapes, such as balls or orbs.

10. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?
(a) Sculpture.
(b) Architecture.
(c) Painting.
(d) Basketweaving.

11. According to the author, what is theatrical spectacle?
(a) Pageantry without religious or political overtones.
(b) A way of communicating morals and values to lower-class citizens.
(c) A means by which those without access to high culture can enjoy pageantry.
(d) A transporting and enlightening form of pageantry.

12. What development contributed greatly, according to the author, to pageantry and theatrical spectacle?
(a) Widespread literacy.
(b) Mass production of clothing and jewelry.
(c) Artificial lighting.
(d) Photography.

13. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?
(a) The set and visual components are just as important, perhaps more so, than the words.
(b) The actors' talent was more important to the success of the performance than the script.
(c) It was able to transport people and give them wondrous experiences.
(d) It was something which could be enjoyed by people of all ages and classes.

14. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?
(a) Because they don't have anything precious to give, but flowers are always available.
(b) Because they feel, on some level, that they are giving back something which is indigenous to Heaven.
(c) Because they are a living sacrifice but not associated with feelings of guilt and shame the way other sacrifices are.
(d) Because they don't really understand the significance of doing so.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?

3. What is NOT a side-effect experienced by under-nourished individuals, according to the author in Appendix 2?

4. According to the author, what are the two ways to achieve a level of consciousness that allows for exploration of the undiscovered areas of the mind?

5. According to the author, in Appendix 2 what was the result of our ancestors' winter diets?

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