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

2. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?
(a) His perception of time is unchanged.
(b) He feels that time speeds up at times, and slows down at others.
(c) It doesn't matter to him at all.
(d) He is keenly aware of, and saddened by, each passing second.

3. What researcher performed experiments with touching parts of the brain with a fine electrode?
(a) Maradon.
(b) Penfield.
(c) Jaung.
(d) Kreitz.

4. Why is it important that people can sometimes be hypnotized by gemstones?
(a) It gets psychiatrists another step closer to understanding how hypnotism works.
(b) It offers another way for people to achieve the same results that they would get with drugs.
(c) It demonstrates the suggestibility of humans.
(d) It shows the power that art has over the human mind.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What results were produced when a researcher prodded parts of the brain with a fine electrode?

2. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?

3. What is the main reason for conducting the experiment in which the author participates?

4. What materials were often used for self-flagellation?

5. What substance is produced when adrenalin decomposes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is the author eager to participate in the study of peyote and mescalin?

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

6. What is different about the two forms of visionary art discussed in Appendix 3?

7. What does the author say in "Heaven and Hell" about the two possible techniques for achieving the level of consciousness needed to explore the mind?

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

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

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

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