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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what researcher does the author refer when commenting on the first technique in Appendix 1?
(a) Tamachi.
(b) Klein.
(c) Meduna.
(d) Kristoff.

2. 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.

3. 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 essay has a darker, more sinister tone than the first.
(c) The second was written before the author's experimentation with drugs.
(d) The second doesn't recount any specific experience.

4. 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 last longer than the user originally intended.
(d) It may create an unpleasant sensation of nausea or vertigo.

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

6. 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.

7. What researcher performed experiments with touching parts of the brain with a fine electrode?
(a) Kreitz.
(b) Jaung.
(c) Maradon.
(d) Penfield.

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

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

10. What practice has been undertaken by almost all religious aspirants, according to the author?
(a) Meditation.
(b) Bodily mortification.
(c) Fasting.
(d) Pilgrimage.

11. Who used to say that when he self-flagellated God would deny him nothing?
(a) Saint John.
(b) The Apostle Paul.
(c) The Cure d'Ars.
(d) Benedict XVI.

12. What film does the author reference as an example of the distorted documentary?
(a) "Queen Mab."
(b) "The Revolt of Islam."
(c) "The Living Desert."
(d) "NY, NY."

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

14. What were the two primary uses of the science of "pyrotechny," according to the author?
(a) Stage lighting and religious ceremony.
(b) Weaponry and fireworks.
(c) Fireworks and stage lighting.
(d) Religious ceremony and weaponry.

15. What is the first of the two methods the author discusses in Appendix 1 for inducing visionary experiences?
(a) Hypnosis.
(b) Inhalation of carbon dioxide.
(c) Meditation.
(d) Fasting.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of these is NOT a specialist who the author feels should be consulted by an aspiring mystic?

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

4. Why is the first technique in Appendix 1 even less understood than mescalin use?

5. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?

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