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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What researcher performed experiments with touching parts of the brain with a fine electrode?
(a) Maradon.
(b) Penfield.
(c) Jaung.
(d) Kreitz.

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

6. How are many visionaries received by others, according to the author?
(a) They are seen as lunatics or swindlers.
(b) They are treated with reverence and respect.
(c) They are regarded with suspicion, but are generally believed if they produce enough evidence.
(d) They are treated like normal people who had an extraordinary experience.

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

8. What is the art form which is most likely to transport those who experience it?
(a) Stained glass.
(b) Sculpture.
(c) Painting.
(d) Jewelry.

9. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?
(a) To sedate those with psychiatric problems.
(b) In religious ceremonies.
(c) Recreationally.
(d) Recreationally, and in religious ceremonies.

10. How does the author respond when the researcher asks him if his experience with the drug is positive or negative?
(a) It is positive for him, but he can see where it would be frightening for others.
(b) It is neither positive nor negative; it just is.
(c) It is mostly negative, but the positive parts make it worthwhile.
(d) It is mostly positive, but frightening at times.

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

12. 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 in soft, rounded shapes, such as balls or orbs.
(c) They appear as movement trails and waves.
(d) They appear in natural patterns and tessellations.

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

14. According to the author, what is theatrical spectacle?
(a) A way of communicating morals and values to lower-class citizens.
(b) Pageantry without religious or political overtones.
(c) A transporting and enlightening form of pageantry.
(d) A means by which those without access to high culture can enjoy pageantry.

15. According to the author, why do religious devotees participate in practices to atone for their sins?
(a) To achieve a natural high, created by feelings of religious exultation.
(b) To prepare themselves for judgment after death.
(c) To get a reprieve from feelings of guilt or inadequacy.
(d) To achieve a better understanding of themselves and the teachings of their religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. From whence does the author believe visionary experiences originate?

2. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?

3. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?

4. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?

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

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