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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does the author say at the end of Appendix 3 about the past?
(a) It must be learned from, or it will be repeated.
(b) It has nothing to teach us, because it will repeat itself regardless.
(c) It is not fixed and unalterable.
(d) It can never be changed.

4. Which of these is NOT a specialist who the author feels should be consulted by an aspiring mystic?
(a) Biochemist.
(b) Ornithologist.
(c) Pharmacologist.
(d) Psychologist.

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

6. What happened to "pyrotechny" after the fall of Rome?
(a) Bigger and brighter displays were invented.
(b) It returned to being used exclusively for military purposes.
(c) It became used only in religious and national ceremonies.
(d) The technology was lost, and development had to begin from scratch.

7. What was a magic lantern show?
(a) A laser light display.
(b) A projection created with cut-glass and candlelight.
(c) An early fireworks display.
(d) The nineteenth-century equivalent of a movie.

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

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

10. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?
(a) Fireworks.
(b) Tattoos.
(c) Gemstones.
(d) Lasers.

11. According to the author, what are the two reasons for the manner in which visionaries are received?
(a) Physical and religious.
(b) Chemical and physical.
(c) Religious and philosophical.
(d) Philosophical and chemical.

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

13. 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 blocks the brain's ability to filter sensory input.
(c) It affects the user's ability to react appropriately to potentially dangerous situations.
(d) It affects the brain's enzymes and absorption of glucose.

14. What is Heaven, according to the author?
(a) A vantage point for viewing divinity.
(b) A fallacy, created by those who misinterpreted visionary experiences.
(c) A place of rest and repose, where no one is doing anything.
(d) A concept invented by humanity because of our desperate need for hope.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?

2. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?

3. What is self-flagellation?

4. How are light and color typically experienced by mescalin users while they are under the influence of the drug?

5. Which physiological system's tissues are more "vulnerable," according to the author, than the others?

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