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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 what was the result of our ancestors' winter diets?
(a) They often had cravings for foods that weren't available to them, which made them irritable.
(b) By spring, they were suffering from scurvy and pellagra.
(c) They lost a great deal of weight during the winter.
(d) They sometimes died because they went out searching for food when the weather was still inclement and wintry.

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

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

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

5. What is self-flagellation?
(a) The act of whipping oneself.
(b) The act of cutting oneself.
(c) The act of piercing one's skin.
(d) The act of burning oneself.

Short Answer Questions

1. The substance produced by the breakdown of adrenaline mimics the effect of what psychological disorder?

2. The author states in Appendix 3 that the cinematographic art of the distorted documentary seems to presage the end of what?

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

4. What is known about the substance being tested as of the year the experiment is performed?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

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

10. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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