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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 Midwest.
(d) The Southwest.

2. What are the first objects upon which the author intently focuses during the experiment?
(a) Three flowers in a vase on the table.
(b) The books on his shelves.
(c) The table and chairs in the room.
(d) Some pens and pencils in a cup on his desk.

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

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

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

6. According to the author in Appendix 2, how would "proponents of a 'Nothing-But' philosophy" interpret mystical experiences?
(a) As an inexplicable glimpse into the Mind-At-Large.
(b) As simply the results of chemical changes in the brain.
(c) The result of mental illness.
(d) As a profoundly religious experience, independent from chemical changes.

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

8. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?
(a) Gemstones.
(b) Tattoos.
(c) Fireworks.
(d) Lasers.

9. Which of these is NOT a vision which the author thinks might be produced by prodding the brain with an electrode?
(a) Nostradamus's visions of the future.
(b) Blake's visions of the Cherubim.
(c) Weir Mitchell's visions of the Gothic tower.
(d) The author's friend's vision of a colorful Japanese landscape.

10. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?
(a) The second doesn't recount any specific experience.
(b) The second was originally a journal entry, and the author didn't intend to publish it.
(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.

11. 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.

12. What was a magic lantern show?
(a) A projection created with cut-glass and candlelight.
(b) The nineteenth-century equivalent of a movie.
(c) A laser light display.
(d) An early fireworks display.

13. What does the author say about vision-inducing devices and effects at the beginning of Appendix 3?
(a) They have played a greater role in fine art than in popular entertainment.
(b) They have played a greater role in religion than in fine art.
(c) They have played a greater role in popular entertainment than in fine arts.
(d) They have played a greater role in popular entertainment than in religion.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the political purpose of regalia and pageantry, according to the author?

2. What development contributed greatly, according to the author, to pageantry and theatrical spectacle?

3. How are many visionaries received by others, according to the author?

4. From whence does the author believe visionary experiences originate?

5. According to the author, what are the odds of a negative reaction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?

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