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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say at the end of Appendix 3 about the past?
(a) It has nothing to teach us, because it will repeat itself regardless.
(b) It can never be changed.
(c) It is not fixed and unalterable.
(d) It must be learned from, or it will be repeated.

2. 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 person's disposition before use.
(c) The number of times a person has used.
(d) The duration of use.

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

4. To what researcher does the author refer when commenting on the first technique in Appendix 1?
(a) Klein.
(b) Tamachi.
(c) Kristoff.
(d) Meduna.

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

6. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?
(a) They lived in more dangerous environments.
(b) They had shorter life spans.
(c) They believed in the Devil and were afraid of damnation.
(d) Their visions were induced by a different means.

7. From whence does the author believe visionary experiences originate?
(a) From the Mind-at-large.
(b) From the user's imagination.
(c) From the user's memories.
(d) From the user's racial memory.

8. Why is the first technique in Appendix 1 even less understood than mescalin use?
(a) It is used by very few people in comparison to mescalin.
(b) No research has been performed to determine its long-term effects.
(c) There's a lot of variation in what people see while using this technique.
(d) Its specific effects on the brain are not well understood.

9. What happens when mescalin or LSD is used in conjunction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) The effects of the drugs immediately wear off.
(b) The user is more prone to nausea, vomiting or seizure.
(c) The effects of the drugs are intensified and enriched.
(d) Any negative effects being experienced by the user will disappear.

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

11. According to the author, what are the two reasons for the manner in which visionaries are received?
(a) Physical and religious.
(b) Philosophical and chemical.
(c) Religious and philosophical.
(d) Chemical and physical.

12. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?
(a) They have completely ceased to matter to him.
(b) They are more noticeable and pronounced than usual.
(c) They don't seem to matter as much as they usually do.
(d) They are warped and inaccurate.

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

14. 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 understand why the drug has been used in religious and secular ceremonies.
(c) A need for more comprehensive information regarding the drug's long-term side effects.
(d) A need to catalogue the psychological effects of the drug on someone who already has a psychiatric illness.

15. What is the first of the two methods the author discusses in Appendix 1 for inducing visionary experiences?
(a) Inhalation of carbon dioxide.
(b) Hypnosis.
(c) Fasting.
(d) Meditation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is NOT a practice that mimics the effects which result from the first technique described in Appendix 1?

2. According to the author, why do religious devotees participate in practices to atone for their sins?

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

4. How do utilitarians feel about art?

5. Why are religious beings often portrayed doing nothing?

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