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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?
(a) It was a natural by-product of processing the plant in certain ways.
(b) Its chemical makeup is similar to adrenalin.
(c) It permanently alters the user's brain in some ways.
(d) It shouldn't be used by people with anxiety or panic disorders.

2. What is the Dharma-body?
(a) Freedom from suffering, enlightenment and transcendence.
(b) Body, mind and spirit.
(c) Truth, joy and enlightenment.
(d) Truth, mind, and nature.

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

4. What is Heaven, according to the author?
(a) A place of rest and repose, where no one is doing anything.
(b) A fallacy, created by those who misinterpreted visionary experiences.
(c) A concept invented by humanity because of our desperate need for hope.
(d) A vantage point for viewing divinity.

5. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?
(a) Recreationally.
(b) In religious ceremonies.
(c) To sedate those with psychiatric problems.
(d) Recreationally, and in religious ceremonies.

6. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?
(a) Peyote.
(b) Marijuana.
(c) Coca.
(d) Wormwood.

7. In what year does the experiment take place?
(a) 1978.
(b) 1953.
(c) 1925.
(d) 1962.

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

9. How does the author respond when the researcher asks him if his experience with the drug is positive or negative?
(a) It is neither positive nor negative; it just is.
(b) It is mostly negative, but the positive parts make it worthwhile.
(c) It is mostly positive, but frightening at times.
(d) It is positive for him, but he can see where it would be frightening for others.

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

11. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?
(a) Because the faithful were gathered in large groups for the services.
(b) Because it worked upon the penitents' feelings of guilt.
(c) Because it was preceded by Lent.
(d) Because there is vivid and graphic mythology associated with it.

12. Why are marble and stone often particularly impressive materials in art?
(a) Because they are more difficult to work with than other media.
(b) Because they last longer than many other pieces of art.
(c) Because the pieces made from them are usually very large.
(d) Because they are so hard to find.

13. What results were produced when a researcher prodded parts of the brain with a fine electrode?
(a) The subjects recalled detailed and distant memories.
(b) The subjects were able to learn new languages and skills more efficiently.
(c) The subjects experienced a variety of emotions.
(d) Various parts of the subjects' bodies twitched.

14. What is the difference between the two techniques the author describes in Appendix 1?
(a) One is well-researched, while the other is relatively unknown.
(b) One is completely non-toxic, while the other has some lasting side effects.
(c) One is costly, while the other is inexpensive.
(d) One involves chemicals, while the other makes use of physics.

15. What development contributed greatly, according to the author, to pageantry and theatrical spectacle?
(a) Photography.
(b) Widespread literacy.
(c) Mass production of clothing and jewelry.
(d) Artificial lighting.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?

3. Which is NOT a practice that mimics the effects which result from the first technique described in Appendix 1?

4. What was a magic lantern show?

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

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