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

2. 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) Meditation.
(d) Fasting.

3. According to the author, in Appendix 2 what was the result of our ancestors' winter diets?
(a) They sometimes died because they went out searching for food when the weather was still inclement and wintry.
(b) They often had cravings for foods that weren't available to them, which made them irritable.
(c) By spring, they were suffering from scurvy and pellagra.
(d) They lost a great deal of weight during the winter.

4. Why are marble and stone often particularly impressive materials in art?
(a) Because the pieces made from them are usually very large.
(b) Because they are so hard to find.
(c) Because they last longer than many other pieces of art.
(d) Because they are more difficult to work with than other media.

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

6. What materials were often used for self-flagellation?
(a) Flogs made from strips of leather or horsehair.
(b) Whips made of knotted leather or iron wire.
(c) Cat-o-nine-tails made from iron or steel.
(d) Belts with nails driven through them.

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

8. 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.

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

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

11. What is the second technique, described by the author in Appendix 1, for inducing a visionary state?
(a) Use of various sound frequencies.
(b) Use of a repetitive hand movement.
(c) Use of a stroboscopic lamp.
(d) Use of ambient music.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What substance is produced when adrenalin decomposes?

2. The author states in Appendix 3 that the cinematographic art of the distorted documentary seems to presage the end of what?

3. What substance is the author testing in the experiment?

4. How do utilitarians feel about art?

5. When did fireworks re-enter the world of popular entertainment, according to the author?

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