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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What are the first objects upon which the author intently focuses during the experiment?
(a) The books on his shelves.
(b) The table and chairs in the room.
(c) Some pens and pencils in a cup on his desk.
(d) Three flowers in a vase on the table.

4. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?
(a) Driving somewhere instead of flying there.
(b) Burning down a house to roast a pig.
(c) Rowing a boat, or using a motor.
(d) Tying your hands together and trying to knit.

5. According to the author, in Appendix 2 what was the result of our ancestors' winter diets?
(a) They sometimes died because they went out searching for food when the weather was still inclement and wintry.
(b) They lost a great deal of weight during the winter.
(c) By spring, they were suffering from scurvy and pellagra.
(d) They often had cravings for foods that weren't available to them, which made them irritable.

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

7. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?
(a) The Northeast.
(b) The Southeast.
(c) The Midwest.
(d) The Southwest.

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

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

10. What is the difference between the two techniques the author describes in Appendix 1?
(a) One is well-researched, while the other is relatively unknown.
(b) One involves chemicals, while the other makes use of physics.
(c) One is costly, while the other is inexpensive.
(d) One is completely non-toxic, while the other has some lasting side effects.

11. In what year does the experiment take place?
(a) 1978.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1953.
(d) 1962.

12. What were the two primary uses of the science of "pyrotechny," according to the author?
(a) Stage lighting and religious ceremony.
(b) Fireworks and stage lighting.
(c) Religious ceremony and weaponry.
(d) Weaponry and fireworks.

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

14. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?
(a) The second essay has a darker, more sinister tone than the first.
(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 was written before the author's experimentation with drugs.

15. 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 phoenix of undulating rainbow colors.
(b) A Japanese landscape.
(c) A vision of Heaven.
(d) A vision of Hell.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?

2. Which is NOT a practice that mimics the effects which result from the first technique described in Appendix 1?

3. Why is the first technique in Appendix 1 even less understood than mescalin use?

4. When did fireworks re-enter the world of popular entertainment, according to the author?

5. According to the author, what are the two reasons for the manner in which visionaries are received?

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