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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. What materials were often used for self-flagellation?
(a) Flogs made from strips of leather or horsehair.
(b) Whips made of knotted leather or iron wire.
(c) Cat-o-nine-tails made from iron or steel.
(d) Belts with nails driven through them.

2. According to the author, what are the two ways to achieve a level of consciousness that allows for exploration of the undiscovered areas of the mind?
(a) Drugs and hypnosis.
(b) Drugs and fasting.
(c) Fasting and meditation.
(d) Meditation and drugs.

3. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?
(a) Fireworks.
(b) Gemstones.
(c) Tattoos.
(d) Lasers.

4. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?
(a) Marijuana.
(b) Peyote.
(c) Wormwood.
(d) Coca.

5. How do utilitarians feel about art?
(a) It doesn't have much value.
(b) It is useful only when it is appreciated by most of society.
(c) It is a necessary diversion for humanity.
(d) It is only worthwhile if it is beautiful and functional, as in the case of fine architecture.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the potential danger of the second technique described in Appendix 1?

2. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?

3. Who used to say that when he self-flagellated God would deny him nothing?

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

5. What happened to "pyrotechny" after the fall of Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. What metaphor does the author use at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell" to describe the unexplored regions of the human psyche?

2. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

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

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

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

7. In general, what is the topic of the first essay?

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

9. What does the author say about Plato during the first part of the mescalin experiment?

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

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