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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?
(a) Subjects perceiving that they are able to communicate with a higher power.
(b) The cheapness and availability of the substance used.
(c) A marked increase in the subject's ability to see things with their eyes closed.
(d) The rarity of negative side effects in users.

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

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

5. 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.

6. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?
(a) Architecture.
(b) Basketweaving.
(c) Sculpture.
(d) Painting.

7. According to the author, at the end of Appendix 1 what is one claim that is made almost universally by visionaries?
(a) They can only have the visions when they are in the right frame of mind to do so.
(b) They are unable to recall the experience in anything approaching its original intensity.
(c) They never have the same vision twice.
(d) They are unable to produce the visions at will, regardless of the methods they try.

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

9. What is the main quality of the drug being tested?
(a) Stimulant.
(b) Hallucinogenic.
(c) Psychedelic.
(d) Sedative.

10. What two techniques, according to the author, can produce effects similar to those of mescalin?
(a) Fasting and sensory deprivation.
(b) Hypnosis and fasting.
(c) Fasting and meditation.
(d) Meditation and sensory deprivation.

11. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?
(a) Because it was preceded by Lent.
(b) Because the faithful were gathered in large groups for the services.
(c) Because there is vivid and graphic mythology associated with it.
(d) Because it worked upon the penitents' feelings of guilt.

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

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

14. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?
(a) They ate pretty much the same diet they ate during the rest of the year.
(b) They ate dried meat and fruit which they stored during the autumn harvest.
(c) They ate no fruit, no vegetables, and very little meat or dairy.
(d) They ate mostly meat and grains, with some fruit and vegetables.

15. What affects one's ability to have visionary experiences, according to the author, if one is using the first method mentioned in Appendix 1?
(a) The amount of substance that is allowed to reach the brain.
(b) The number of times a person has used.
(c) The person's disposition before use.
(d) The duration of use.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why is it important that people can sometimes be hypnotized by gemstones?

4. What substance is the author testing in the experiment?

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

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