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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the main quality of the drug being tested?
(a) Sedative.
(b) Psychedelic.
(c) Hallucinogenic.
(d) Stimulant.

2. What is the difference between the two techniques the author describes in Appendix 1?
(a) One is costly, while the other is inexpensive.
(b) One is well-researched, while the other is relatively unknown.
(c) One involves chemicals, while the other makes use of physics.
(d) One is completely non-toxic, while the other has some lasting side effects.

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

4. According to the author, at the end of Appendix 1 what is one claim that is made almost universally by visionaries?
(a) They never have the same vision twice.
(b) They can only have the visions when they are in the right frame of mind to do so.
(c) They are unable to produce the visions at will, regardless of the methods they try.
(d) They are unable to recall the experience in anything approaching its original intensity.

5. According to the author, what are the two ways to achieve a level of consciousness that allows for exploration of the undiscovered areas of the mind?
(a) Drugs and hypnosis.
(b) Drugs and fasting.
(c) Meditation and drugs.
(d) Fasting and meditation.

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

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

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

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

10. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?
(a) It permanently alters the user's brain in some ways.
(b) It was a natural by-product of processing the plant in certain ways.
(c) Its chemical makeup is similar to adrenalin.
(d) It shouldn't be used by people with anxiety or panic disorders.

11. What is the drawback to the "visionary arts" mentioned in Appendix 3?
(a) They can only be experienced in large groups.
(b) They require a great deal of time, effort and expense to put on.
(c) They are ephemeral, and earlier masterpieces have been lost to us.
(d) They are experienced differently by each individual, so no one understands how another experiences them.

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

13. What happens when mescalin or LSD is used in conjunction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) The effects of the drugs are intensified and enriched.
(b) Any negative effects being experienced by the user will disappear.
(c) The user is more prone to nausea, vomiting or seizure.
(d) The effects of the drugs immediately wear off.

14. According to Huxley, what causes negative visionary experiences?
(a) An allergy to mescalin.
(b) Mental illness.
(c) The way that mescalin is broken down in the body.
(d) A negative outlook on life.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the potential danger of the second technique described in Appendix 1?

2. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?

3. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?

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

5. What is self-flagellation?

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