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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Why people are so fond of experiencing these patterns.
(c) What happens to these patterns when the experience is over.
(d) How the experiencer's brain is affected by the experience.

2. How does mescalin affect the user's brain function?
(a) It affects the brain's enzymes and absorption of glucose.
(b) It affects the user's ability to react appropriately to potentially dangerous situations.
(c) It blocks the brain's ability to filter sensory input.
(d) It makes users unable to recognize or remember familiar people, places and objects.

3. What results were produced when a researcher prodded parts of the brain with a fine electrode?
(a) Various parts of the subjects' bodies twitched.
(b) The subjects were able to learn new languages and skills more efficiently.
(c) The subjects experienced a variety of emotions.
(d) The subjects recalled detailed and distant memories.

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

5. What is the second technique, described by the author in Appendix 1, for inducing a visionary state?
(a) Use of a stroboscopic lamp.
(b) Use of ambient music.
(c) Use of various sound frequencies.
(d) Use of a repetitive hand movement.

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

7. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?
(a) Because they are a living sacrifice but not associated with feelings of guilt and shame the way other sacrifices are.
(b) Because they don't really understand the significance of doing so.
(c) Because they feel, on some level, that they are giving back something which is indigenous to Heaven.
(d) Because they don't have anything precious to give, but flowers are always available.

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

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

10. What is the political purpose of regalia and pageantry, according to the author?
(a) To impress other aristocrats and politicians.
(b) To impress the lower-class subjects.
(c) To prove one's worth as a leader.
(d) To express individuality and taste.

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

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

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

14. To what field of science does the author compare the human mind at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell"?
(a) Zoology.
(b) Physiology.
(c) Etymology.
(d) Ornithology.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who used to say that when he self-flagellated God would deny him nothing?

2. What is the biggest difference between dreams and visions, according to the author?

3. What does the author say about vision-inducing devices and effects at the beginning of Appendix 3?

4. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?

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

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