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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why is the first technique in Appendix 1 even less understood than mescalin use?
(a) There's a lot of variation in what people see while using this technique.
(b) No research has been performed to determine its long-term effects.
(c) Its specific effects on the brain are not well understood.
(d) It is used by very few people in comparison to mescalin.

3. What is the art form which is most likely to transport those who experience it?
(a) Stained glass.
(b) Painting.
(c) Jewelry.
(d) Sculpture.

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

5. According to the author, what is theatrical spectacle?
(a) A way of communicating morals and values to lower-class citizens.
(b) A means by which those without access to high culture can enjoy pageantry.
(c) Pageantry without religious or political overtones.
(d) A transporting and enlightening form of pageantry.

6. 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 rarity of negative side effects in users.
(d) The cheapness and availability of the substance used.

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

8. 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) Its chemical makeup is similar to adrenalin.
(c) It shouldn't be used by people with anxiety or panic disorders.
(d) It was a natural by-product of processing the plant in certain ways.

9. According to the author, what are the odds of a negative reaction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) 1 in 70.
(b) 1 in 100.
(c) 1 in 25.
(d) 1 in 80.

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

11. According to the author, in Appendix 2 what was the result of our ancestors' winter diets?
(a) They sometimes died because they went out searching for food when the weather was still inclement and wintry.
(b) They often had cravings for foods that weren't available to them, which made them irritable.
(c) By spring, they were suffering from scurvy and pellagra.
(d) They lost a great deal of weight during the winter.

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

13. 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) Meditation and drugs.
(c) Fasting and meditation.
(d) Drugs and fasting.

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

15. Which physiological system's tissues are more "vulnerable," according to the author, than the others?
(a) The limbic system.
(b) The nervous system.
(c) The gastrointestinal system.
(d) The cardiovascular system.

Short Answer Questions

1. What researcher performed experiments with touching parts of the brain with a fine electrode?

2. What practice has been undertaken by almost all religious aspirants, according to the author?

3. What is the Dharma-body?

4. What were the two primary uses of the science of "pyrotechny," according to the author?

5. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?

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