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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?
(a) They had shorter life spans.
(b) They lived in more dangerous environments.
(c) They believed in the Devil and were afraid of damnation.
(d) Their visions were induced by a different means.

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

3. In what type of plant is the substance being tested commonly found?
(a) A tree.
(b) A flower.
(c) A cactus.
(d) A bush.

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

5. 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.

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

7. How do utilitarians feel about art?
(a) It is only worthwhile if it is beautiful and functional, as in the case of fine architecture.
(b) It doesn't have much value.
(c) It is a necessary diversion for humanity.
(d) It is useful only when it is appreciated by most of society.

8. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?
(a) It was a natural by-product of processing the plant in certain ways.
(b) Its chemical makeup is similar to adrenalin.
(c) It shouldn't be used by people with anxiety or panic disorders.
(d) It permanently alters the user's brain in some ways.

9. What does the author say about vision-inducing devices and effects at the beginning of Appendix 3?
(a) They have played a greater role in fine art than in popular entertainment.
(b) They have played a greater role in religion than in fine art.
(c) They have played a greater role in popular entertainment than in fine arts.
(d) They have played a greater role in popular entertainment than in religion.

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

11. According to the author, which form of art is most practically useful?
(a) Literature.
(b) Architecture.
(c) Ceramics.
(d) Sculpture.

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

13. According to the author, what are the odds of a negative reaction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) 1 in 80.
(b) 1 in 70.
(c) 1 in 100.
(d) 1 in 25.

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 don't really understand the significance of doing so.
(c) Because they are a living sacrifice but not associated with feelings of guilt and shame the way other sacrifices are.
(d) Because they feel, on some level, that they are giving back something which is indigenous to Heaven.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who used to say that when he self-flagellated God would deny him nothing?

2. According to the author, at the end of Appendix 1 what is one claim that is made almost universally by visionaries?

3. What results were produced when a researcher prodded parts of the brain with a fine electrode?

4. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?

5. What is self-flagellation?

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