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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. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?
(a) Driving somewhere instead of flying there.
(b) Burning down a house to roast a pig.
(c) Tying your hands together and trying to knit.
(d) Rowing a boat, or using a motor.

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

3. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?
(a) Because they don't have anything precious to give, but flowers are always available.
(b) Because they feel, on some level, that they are giving back something which is indigenous to Heaven.
(c) Because they don't really understand the significance of doing so.
(d) Because they are a living sacrifice but not associated with feelings of guilt and shame the way other sacrifices are.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do utilitarians feel about art?

2. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?

3. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?

4. According to the author, what is theatrical spectacle?

5. What does the author say at the end of Appendix 3 about the past?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author say about the history of fireworks, in Appendix 3?

4. In what other way did faithful people sometimes induce religious visions, according to the author?

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

6. How did movies evolve, according to the information presented in Appendix 3?

7. What does the author begin to ponder after seeing a book of Sandro Botticelli's paintings in the World's Biggest Drug Store?

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

9. What is the author's view of heaven and hell, as described at the end of the second essay?

10. What other practices commonly incorporated into religious ceremonies produce results similar to the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?

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