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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is known about the substance being tested as of the year the experiment is performed?
(a) It can have serious or even fatal side effects, but only in a very small percentage of people who use it.
(b) It is only safe to use in small doses.
(c) It alters one's mental state, but often induces anxiety or panic.
(d) It can alter the subject's mental state without any noticeable side effects.

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 makes users unable to recognize or remember familiar people, places and objects.
(d) It blocks the brain's ability to filter sensory input.

3. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?
(a) Why people are so fond of experiencing these patterns.
(b) How the experiencer's brain is affected by the experience.
(c) How these patterns can be reproduced at the user's will.
(d) What happens to these patterns when the experience is over.

4. How does the author respond when the researcher asks him if his experience with the drug is positive or negative?
(a) It is neither positive nor negative; it just is.
(b) It is mostly negative, but the positive parts make it worthwhile.
(c) It is positive for him, but he can see where it would be frightening for others.
(d) It is mostly positive, but frightening at times.

5. 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 Heaven.
(b) A Japanese landscape.
(c) A vision of Hell.
(d) A phoenix of undulating rainbow colors.

6. According to the author, what are the odds of a negative reaction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) 1 in 100.
(b) 1 in 70.
(c) 1 in 80.
(d) 1 in 25.

7. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?
(a) Coca.
(b) Wormwood.
(c) Peyote.
(d) Marijuana.

8. According to the author in Appendix 2, how would "proponents of a 'Nothing-But' philosophy" interpret mystical experiences?
(a) As an inexplicable glimpse into the Mind-At-Large.
(b) As a profoundly religious experience, independent from chemical changes.
(c) The result of mental illness.
(d) As simply the results of chemical changes in the brain.

9. What is Heaven, according to the author?
(a) A fallacy, created by those who misinterpreted visionary experiences.
(b) A vantage point for viewing divinity.
(c) A concept invented by humanity because of our desperate need for hope.
(d) A place of rest and repose, where no one is doing anything.

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

11. Which of these is NOT a vision which the author thinks might be produced by prodding the brain with an electrode?
(a) The author's friend's vision of a colorful Japanese landscape.
(b) Nostradamus's visions of the future.
(c) Weir Mitchell's visions of the Gothic tower.
(d) Blake's visions of the Cherubim.

12. What is NOT a side-effect experienced by under-nourished individuals, according to the author in Appendix 2?
(a) Anxiety.
(b) Hypochondria.
(c) Euphoria.
(d) Depression.

13. What are the first objects upon which the author intently focuses during the experiment?
(a) The books on his shelves.
(b) Some pens and pencils in a cup on his desk.
(c) Three flowers in a vase on the table.
(d) The table and chairs in the room.

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

15. 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) Subjects perceiving that they are able to communicate with a higher power.
(c) The cheapness and availability of the substance used.
(d) The rarity of negative side effects in users.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What topic does the author explore in Appendix 2?

3. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?

4. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?

5. What was a magic lantern show?

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