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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is self-flagellation?
(a) The act of cutting oneself.
(b) The act of burning oneself.
(c) The act of piercing one's skin.
(d) The act of whipping oneself.

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

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

4. 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.

5. To what field of science does the author compare the human mind at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell"?
(a) Etymology.
(b) Physiology.
(c) Zoology.
(d) Ornithology.

6. 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 popular entertainment than in fine arts.
(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 religion.
(d) They have played a greater role in religion than in fine art.

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

8. The substance produced by the breakdown of adrenaline mimics the effect of what psychological disorder?
(a) Attention deficit disorder.
(b) Multiple personality disorder.
(c) Schizophrenia.
(d) Post-traumatic stress disorder.

9. What is the art form which is most likely to transport those who experience it?
(a) Jewelry.
(b) Stained glass.
(c) Painting.
(d) Sculpture.

10. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?
(a) The set and visual components are just as important, perhaps more so, than the words.
(b) It was able to transport people and give them wondrous experiences.
(c) It was something which could be enjoyed by people of all ages and classes.
(d) The actors' talent was more important to the success of the performance than the script.

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

12. 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 are unable to recall the experience in anything approaching its original intensity.
(c) They never have the same vision twice.
(d) They can only have the visions when they are in the right frame of mind to do so.

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

14. What is the Dharma-body?
(a) Freedom from suffering, enlightenment and transcendence.
(b) Truth, joy and enlightenment.
(c) Truth, mind, and nature.
(d) Body, mind and spirit.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. From whence does the author believe visionary experiences originate?

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

4. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?

5. According to the author, what did one subject see while under the effects of mescalin and the second technique described in Appendix 1?

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