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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. Why are religious beings often portrayed doing nothing?
(a) Because it is too difficult for most painters to make something beautiful and to also convey a message with it.
(b) Because human beings are not predisposed to look for action in art.
(c) Because their role is not an active one.
(d) Because it would be sacreligious to presume to know what divine beings do with their time.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What event was, according to the author, an example of ancient pageantry which was enriched and improved by technological advances?

3. Which physiological system's tissues are more "vulnerable," according to the author, than the others?

4. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the practice of pageantry related to theatrical spectacle, according to the author in Appendix 3?

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the second vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?

3. How and why has the diet of most people changed over time?

4. What is known about peyote before the author participates in his experiment with it?

5. What does the author say about Plato during the first part of the mescalin experiment?

6. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?

7. How does the author feel about the explanations for visions which he presents in Appendix 2?

8. To which spiritual practice does the author refer to exemplify the effects of a restricted diet?

9. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

10. What does the author say in "Heaven and Hell" about gemstones?

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