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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the potential danger of the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) It may create an unpleasant sensation of nausea or vertigo.
(b) It may produce long-term changes in brain function.
(c) It may cause an epileptic seizure.
(d) It may last longer than the user originally intended.

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

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

9. What substance is produced when adrenalin decomposes?
(a) Serotonin.
(b) Melatonin.
(c) Mescalin.
(d) Adrenochrome.

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

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

12. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?
(a) The second doesn't recount any specific experience.
(b) The second was written before the author's experimentation with drugs.
(c) The second was originally a journal entry, and the author didn't intend to publish it.
(d) The second essay has a darker, more sinister tone than the first.

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

14. Why is it important that people can sometimes be hypnotized by gemstones?
(a) It shows the power that art has over the human mind.
(b) It demonstrates the suggestibility of humans.
(c) It gets psychiatrists another step closer to understanding how hypnotism works.
(d) It offers another way for people to achieve the same results that they would get with drugs.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. According to the author in Appendix 2, how would "proponents of a 'Nothing-But' philosophy" interpret mystical experiences?

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

5. Which physiological system's tissues are more "vulnerable," according to the author, than the others?

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