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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the political purpose of regalia and pageantry, according to the author?
(a) To express individuality and taste.
(b) To prove one's worth as a leader.
(c) To impress the lower-class subjects.
(d) To impress other aristocrats and politicians.

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

3. What is the biggest difference between dreams and visions, according to the author?
(a) Color is rare in dreams, but is always present in visions.
(b) Dreams can be had while awake or asleep, while visions only occur when one is awake.
(c) Visions are often similar to religious experiences, but dreams usually aren't.
(d) Visions can be induced, while dreams only happen randomly.

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

5. 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) Belts with nails driven through them.
(d) Cat-o-nine-tails made from iron or steel.

6. 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 fasting.
(b) Drugs and hypnosis.
(c) Meditation and drugs.
(d) Fasting and meditation.

7. According to the author, what is "one of the most magical and transporting of spectacles"?
(a) A fireworks display.
(b) A bonfire.
(c) An opera.
(d) A religious ceremony.

8. Why is it important that people can sometimes be hypnotized by gemstones?
(a) It gets psychiatrists another step closer to understanding how hypnotism works.
(b) It offers another way for people to achieve the same results that they would get with drugs.
(c) It shows the power that art has over the human mind.
(d) It demonstrates the suggestibility of humans.

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

10. What chemicals were released into the bloodstream during the act of self-flagellation?
(a) Endorphins and serotonin.
(b) Serotonin and adrenalin.
(c) Adrenalin and histamines.
(d) Histamines and endorphins.

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

12. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?
(a) What happens to these patterns when the experience is over.
(b) How the experiencer's brain is affected by the experience.
(c) Why people are so fond of experiencing these patterns.
(d) How these patterns can be reproduced at the user's will.

13. Why are marble and stone often particularly impressive materials in art?
(a) Because they are so hard to find.
(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 last longer than many other pieces of art.

14. According to the author, at the end of Appendix 1 what is one claim that is made almost universally by visionaries?
(a) They are unable to recall the experience in anything approaching its original intensity.
(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 never have the same vision twice.

15. What affects one's ability to have visionary experiences, according to the author, if one is using the first method mentioned in Appendix 1?
(a) The amount of substance that is allowed to reach the brain.
(b) The person's disposition before use.
(c) The duration of use.
(d) The number of times a person has used.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, which form of art is most practically useful?

2. What happened to "pyrotechny" after the fall of Rome?

3. According to the author, what did one subject see while under the effects of mescalin and the second technique described in Appendix 1?

4. Who used to say that when he self-flagellated God would deny him nothing?

5. According to the author, why do religious devotees participate in practices to atone for their sins?

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