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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say about vision-inducing devices and effects at the beginning of Appendix 3?
(a) They have played a greater role in religion than in fine art.
(b) They have played a greater role in fine art than in popular entertainment.
(c) They have played a greater role in popular entertainment than in fine arts.
(d) They have played a greater role in popular entertainment than in religion.

2. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?
(a) Because there is vivid and graphic mythology associated with it.
(b) Because the faithful were gathered in large groups for the services.
(c) Because it worked upon the penitents' feelings of guilt.
(d) Because it was preceded by Lent.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Who used to say that when he self-flagellated God would deny him nothing?
(a) Saint John.
(b) The Apostle Paul.
(c) Benedict XVI.
(d) The Cure d'Ars.

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

10. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?
(a) They ate no fruit, no vegetables, and very little meat or dairy.
(b) They ate mostly meat and grains, with some fruit and vegetables.
(c) They ate pretty much the same diet they ate during the rest of the year.
(d) They ate dried meat and fruit which they stored during the autumn harvest.

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

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

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

14. 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 first motion picture.
(c) The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
(d) The inauguration of the first President, George Washington.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?

2. According to Huxley, what causes negative visionary experiences?

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

4. What is the art form which is most likely to transport those who experience it?

5. What were the two primary uses of the science of "pyrotechny," according to the author?

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