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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How do utilitarians feel about art?
(a) It is only worthwhile if it is beautiful and functional, as in the case of fine architecture.
(b) It is a necessary diversion for humanity.
(c) It is useful only when it is appreciated by most of society.
(d) It doesn't have much value.

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

4. Which of these is NOT a specialist who the author feels should be consulted by an aspiring mystic?
(a) Biochemist.
(b) Ornithologist.
(c) Psychologist.
(d) Pharmacologist.

5. How are light and color typically experienced by mescalin users while they are under the influence of the drug?
(a) They appear in geometric shapes, such as buildings or mosaics.
(b) They appear in natural patterns and tessellations.
(c) They appear in soft, rounded shapes, such as balls or orbs.
(d) They appear as movement trails and waves.

6. Which is NOT a practice that mimics the effects which result from the first technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) Singing.
(b) Running.
(c) Yogic breathing.
(d) Shouting.

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

8. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?
(a) The rarity of negative side effects in users.
(b) Subjects perceiving that they are able to communicate with a higher power.
(c) The cheapness and availability of the substance used.
(d) A marked increase in the subject's ability to see things with their eyes closed.

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

10. What two techniques, according to the author, can produce effects similar to those of mescalin?
(a) Meditation and sensory deprivation.
(b) Hypnosis and fasting.
(c) Fasting and sensory deprivation.
(d) Fasting and meditation.

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

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

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

14. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?
(a) He is keenly aware of, and saddened by, each passing second.
(b) His perception of time is unchanged.
(c) It doesn't matter to him at all.
(d) He feels that time speeds up at times, and slows down at others.

15. How does mescalin affect the user's brain function?
(a) It affects the user's ability to react appropriately to potentially dangerous situations.
(b) It affects the brain's enzymes and absorption of glucose.
(c) It blocks the brain's ability to filter sensory input.
(d) It makes users unable to recognize or remember familiar people, places and objects.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?

2. Why are marble and stone often particularly impressive materials in art?

3. Which of these is NOT a vision which the author thinks might be produced by prodding the brain with an electrode?

4. What is known about the substance being tested as of the year the experiment is performed?

5. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?

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