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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?
(a) How these patterns can be reproduced at the user's will.
(b) What happens to these patterns when the experience is over.
(c) How the experiencer's brain is affected by the experience.
(d) Why people are so fond of experiencing these patterns.

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

6. What topic does the author explore in Appendix 2?
(a) The availability and safety of various vision-inducing techniques.
(b) The personality traits common to most visionaries and mystics.
(c) The role of visionaries and mystics in the modern Western world.
(d) The uncommon accuracy with which most visionaries are able to recall their visions.

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

8. 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.

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

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

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

12. 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) As a profoundly religious experience, independent from chemical changes.
(c) The result of mental illness.
(d) As an inexplicable glimpse into the Mind-At-Large.

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

14. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?
(a) It doesn't matter to him at all.
(b) He is keenly aware of, and saddened by, each passing second.
(c) His perception of time is unchanged.
(d) He feels that time speeds up at times, and slows down at others.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What materials were often used for self-flagellation?

2. What is the Dharma-body?

3. What happens when mescalin or LSD is used in conjunction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?

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

5. What practice has been undertaken by almost all religious aspirants, according to the author?

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