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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. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?
(a) It was able to transport people and give them wondrous experiences.
(b) The set and visual components are just as important, perhaps more so, than the words.
(c) It was something which could be enjoyed by people of all ages and classes.
(d) The actors' talent was more important to the success of the performance than the script.

2. 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 affects the user's ability to react appropriately to potentially dangerous situations.
(d) It makes users unable to recognize or remember familiar people, places and objects.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is it important that people can sometimes be hypnotized by gemstones?

2. In what type of plant is the substance being tested commonly found?

3. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?

4. What is the Dharma-body?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What experiment was conducted on the human brain by Penfield?

4. What types of art have the most transportative properties, according to the author?

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

6. What are the two methods discussed in Appendix 1 for inducing a visionary experience?

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

8. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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

10. What is the main difference between "The Doors of Perception" and "Heaven and Hell"?

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