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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?
(a) The second was written before the author's experimentation with drugs.
(b) The second was originally a journal entry, and the author didn't intend to publish it.
(c) The second doesn't recount any specific experience.
(d) The second essay has a darker, more sinister tone than the first.

3. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?
(a) Why people are so fond of experiencing these patterns.
(b) What happens to these patterns when the experience is over.
(c) How the experiencer's brain is affected by the experience.
(d) How these patterns can be reproduced at the user's will.

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

5. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?
(a) Because it worked upon the penitents' feelings of guilt.
(b) Because the faithful were gathered in large groups for the services.
(c) Because there is vivid and graphic mythology associated with it.
(d) Because it was preceded by Lent.

6. Which of these is NOT a vision which the author thinks might be produced by prodding the brain with an electrode?
(a) Weir Mitchell's visions of the Gothic tower.
(b) The author's friend's vision of a colorful Japanese landscape.
(c) Blake's visions of the Cherubim.
(d) Nostradamus's visions of the future.

7. The substance produced by the breakdown of adrenaline mimics the effect of what psychological disorder?
(a) Multiple personality disorder.
(b) Attention deficit disorder.
(c) Post-traumatic stress disorder.
(d) Schizophrenia.

8. Which is NOT a practice that mimics the effects which result from the first technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) Singing.
(b) Yogic breathing.
(c) Shouting.
(d) Running.

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

10. What is the biggest difference between dreams and visions, according to the author?
(a) Visions are often similar to religious experiences, but dreams usually aren't.
(b) Dreams can be had while awake or asleep, while visions only occur when one is awake.
(c) Visions can be induced, while dreams only happen randomly.
(d) Color is rare in dreams, but is always present in visions.

11. According to the author, at the end of Appendix 1 what is one claim that is made almost universally by visionaries?
(a) They never have the same vision twice.
(b) They are unable to produce the visions at will, regardless of the methods they try.
(c) They are unable to recall the experience in anything approaching its original intensity.
(d) They can only have the visions when they are in the right frame of mind to do so.

12. According to the author, what did one subject see while under the effects of mescalin and the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) A vision of Heaven.
(b) A phoenix of undulating rainbow colors.
(c) A Japanese landscape.
(d) A vision of Hell.

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

14. What materials were often used for self-flagellation?
(a) Whips made of knotted leather or iron wire.
(b) Belts with nails driven through them.
(c) Flogs made from strips of leather or horsehair.
(d) Cat-o-nine-tails made from iron or steel.

15. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?
(a) Coca.
(b) Marijuana.
(c) Wormwood.
(d) Peyote.

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 is the Dharma-body?

3. Which of these is NOT a specialist who the author feels should be consulted by an aspiring mystic?

4. What two techniques, according to the author, can produce effects similar to those of mescalin?

5. According to the author, why do religious devotees participate in practices to atone for their sins?

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