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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 in Appendix 2, how would "proponents of a 'Nothing-But' philosophy" interpret mystical experiences?
(a) The result of mental illness.
(b) As simply the results of chemical changes in the brain.
(c) As a profoundly religious experience, independent from chemical changes.
(d) As an inexplicable glimpse into the Mind-At-Large.

2. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?
(a) They ate mostly meat and grains, with some fruit and vegetables.
(b) They ate dried meat and fruit which they stored during the autumn harvest.
(c) They ate no fruit, no vegetables, and very little meat or dairy.
(d) They ate pretty much the same diet they ate during the rest of the year.

3. What is the second technique, described by the author in Appendix 1, for inducing a visionary state?
(a) Use of a stroboscopic lamp.
(b) Use of ambient music.
(c) Use of a repetitive hand movement.
(d) Use of various sound frequencies.

4. What event was, according to the author, an example of ancient pageantry which was enriched and improved by technological advances?
(a) The inauguration of the first President, George Washington.
(b) The first performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in a theater equipped with modern technology.
(c) The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
(d) The first motion picture.

5. 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) Various parts of the subjects' bodies twitched.
(c) The subjects were able to learn new languages and skills more efficiently.
(d) The subjects experienced a variety of emotions.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?

3. How are light and color typically experienced by mescalin users while they are under the influence of the drug?

4. To what field of science does the author compare the human mind at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell"?

5. How do utilitarians feel about art?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gericault say about his own artwork, according to the quote in Appendix 7?

2. Who is James Halliday?

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

4. What is the difference between Western and Eastern art, as stated in Appendix 5?

5. What personal story is related by the author concerning the second vision-inducing method in Appendix 1?

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

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

8. What does Halliday write about Carlyle's description of himself?

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

10. What literary allusions does the author make near the end of Appendix 6 regarding schizophrenics?

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