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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did fireworks re-enter the world of popular entertainment, according to the author?
(a) During the Industrial Revolution.
(b) During the Renaissance.
(c) In the mid-18th century.
(d) During the reign of Elizabeth I.

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

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

4. What is the difference between the two techniques the author describes in Appendix 1?
(a) One is well-researched, while the other is relatively unknown.
(b) One is completely non-toxic, while the other has some lasting side effects.
(c) One involves chemicals, while the other makes use of physics.
(d) One is costly, while the other is inexpensive.

5. The author feels that all human beings are naturally what?
(a) Introspective, but group-oriented.
(b) Solitary, but sometimes focused on others.
(c) Solitary, but not introspective.
(d) Introspective and solitary.

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

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

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

9. 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) As a profoundly religious experience, independent from chemical changes.
(d) The result of mental illness.

10. The author states in Appendix 3 that the cinematographic art of the distorted documentary seems to presage the end of what?
(a) Non-representational painting.
(b) Traditional documentary.
(c) Impressionism.
(d) Binarism.

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

12. According to the author, what did one subject see while under the effects of mescalin and the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) A vision of Hell.
(b) A phoenix of undulating rainbow colors.
(c) A Japanese landscape.
(d) A vision of Heaven.

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

14. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?
(a) Fireworks.
(b) Gemstones.
(c) Tattoos.
(d) Lasers.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How are light and color typically experienced by mescalin users while they are under the influence of the drug?

3. What is NOT a side-effect experienced by under-nourished individuals, according to the author in Appendix 2?

4. What development contributed greatly, according to the author, to pageantry and theatrical spectacle?

5. What researcher performed experiments with touching parts of the brain with a fine electrode?

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