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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 popular entertainment than in fine arts.
(b) They have played a greater role in religion than in fine art.
(c) They have played a greater role in fine art than in popular entertainment.
(d) They have played a greater role in popular entertainment than in religion.

3. Which is NOT one of the "visionary arts" that the author mentions at the beginning of Appendix 3?
(a) Fireworks.
(b) Theatrical spectacle.
(c) Pageantry.
(d) Religious ritual.

4. What event was, according to the author, an example of ancient pageantry which was enriched and improved by technological advances?
(a) The first motion picture.
(b) The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
(c) The inauguration of the first President, George Washington.
(d) The first performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in a theater equipped with modern technology.

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

6. 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 recall the experience in anything approaching its original intensity.
(c) They can only have the visions when they are in the right frame of mind to do so.
(d) They are unable to produce the visions at will, regardless of the methods they try.

7. How would a spiritual person interpret chemically-induced visionary experiences?
(a) They were sent by God, and the chemicals had nothing to do with it.
(b) A vision which is chemically-induced cannot be divine.
(c) All experiences are chemically-induced, including the divine ones, because that's just how our bodies work.
(d) Most truly spiritual people don't believe in visionary experiences.

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

9. What is the Dharma-body?
(a) Truth, joy and enlightenment.
(b) Freedom from suffering, enlightenment and transcendence.
(c) Truth, mind, and nature.
(d) Body, mind and spirit.

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

11. What practice has been undertaken by almost all religious aspirants, according to the author?
(a) Bodily mortification.
(b) Pilgrimage.
(c) Fasting.
(d) Meditation.

12. 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) Tying your hands together and trying to knit.
(c) Rowing a boat, or using a motor.
(d) Burning down a house to roast a pig.

13. What chemicals were released into the bloodstream during the act of self-flagellation?
(a) Endorphins and serotonin.
(b) Serotonin and adrenalin.
(c) Adrenalin and histamines.
(d) Histamines and endorphins.

14. What substance is the author testing in the experiment?
(a) Cocaine.
(b) Angel dust.
(c) Mescalin.
(d) Acid.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does the author say at the end of Appendix 3 about the past?

4. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?

5. What is the art form which is most likely to transport those who experience it?

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