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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What were the two primary uses of the science of "pyrotechny," according to the author?
(a) Fireworks and stage lighting.
(b) Religious ceremony and weaponry.
(c) Stage lighting and religious ceremony.
(d) Weaponry and fireworks.

4. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?
(a) The second was written before the author's experimentation with drugs.
(b) The second doesn't recount any specific experience.
(c) The second was originally a journal entry, and the author didn't intend to publish it.
(d) The second essay has a darker, more sinister tone than the first.

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

6. According to the author, what is theatrical spectacle?
(a) Pageantry without religious or political overtones.
(b) A means by which those without access to high culture can enjoy pageantry.
(c) A way of communicating morals and values to lower-class citizens.
(d) A transporting and enlightening form of pageantry.

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

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

9. What is the potential danger of the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) It may produce long-term changes in brain function.
(b) It may cause an epileptic seizure.
(c) It may create an unpleasant sensation of nausea or vertigo.
(d) It may last longer than the user originally intended.

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

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

12. Why are religious beings often portrayed doing nothing?
(a) Because it is too difficult for most painters to make something beautiful and to also convey a message with it.
(b) Because their role is not an active one.
(c) Because it would be sacreligious to presume to know what divine beings do with their time.
(d) Because human beings are not predisposed to look for action in art.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The author feels that all human beings are naturally what?

2. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?

3. Which of these is NOT a specialist who the author feels should be consulted by an aspiring mystic?

4. What does the author say at the end of Appendix 3 about the past?

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

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