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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to the author, which form of art is most practically useful?
(a) Literature.
(b) Sculpture.
(c) Ceramics.
(d) Architecture.

3. What happened to "pyrotechny" after the fall of Rome?
(a) It became used only in religious and national ceremonies.
(b) The technology was lost, and development had to begin from scratch.
(c) Bigger and brighter displays were invented.
(d) It returned to being used exclusively for military purposes.

4. 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) By spring, they were suffering from scurvy and pellagra.
(c) They often had cravings for foods that weren't available to them, which made them irritable.
(d) They lost a great deal of weight during the winter.

5. What substance is the author testing in the experiment?
(a) Acid.
(b) Cocaine.
(c) Mescalin.
(d) Angel dust.

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

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

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

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. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?
(a) The Northeast.
(b) The Southwest.
(c) The Midwest.
(d) The Southeast.

11. In what type of plant is the substance being tested commonly found?
(a) A cactus.
(b) A tree.
(c) A bush.
(d) A flower.

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

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

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

15. How would a spiritual person interpret chemically-induced visionary experiences?
(a) They were sent by God, and the chemicals had nothing to do with it.
(b) All experiences are chemically-induced, including the divine ones, because that's just how our bodies work.
(c) Most truly spiritual people don't believe in visionary experiences.
(d) A vision which is chemically-induced cannot be divine.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?

2. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?

3. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?

4. What film does the author reference as an example of the distorted documentary?

5. What two techniques, according to the author, can produce effects similar to those of mescalin?

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