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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How are many visionaries received by others, according to the author?
(a) They are treated with reverence and respect.
(b) They are treated like normal people who had an extraordinary experience.
(c) They are seen as lunatics or swindlers.
(d) They are regarded with suspicion, but are generally believed if they produce enough evidence.

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

6. What substance is produced when adrenalin decomposes?
(a) Mescalin.
(b) Melatonin.
(c) Adrenochrome.
(d) Serotonin.

7. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?
(a) They believed in the Devil and were afraid of damnation.
(b) Their visions were induced by a different means.
(c) They lived in more dangerous environments.
(d) They had shorter life spans.

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

9. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?
(a) Because they feel, on some level, that they are giving back something which is indigenous to Heaven.
(b) Because they are a living sacrifice but not associated with feelings of guilt and shame the way other sacrifices are.
(c) Because they don't have anything precious to give, but flowers are always available.
(d) Because they don't really understand the significance of doing so.

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

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

12. 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 it is too difficult for most painters to make something beautiful and to also convey a message with it.
(c) Because their role is not an active one.
(d) Because human beings are not predisposed to look for action in art.

13. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?
(a) Architecture.
(b) Sculpture.
(c) Painting.
(d) Basketweaving.

14. 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) Fasting and meditation.
(d) Meditation and drugs.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What topic does the author explore in Appendix 2?

2. What is the difference between the two techniques the author describes in Appendix 1?

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

4. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?

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

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