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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, which form of art is most practically useful?
(a) Sculpture.
(b) Literature.
(c) Architecture.
(d) Ceramics.

2. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?
(a) Painting.
(b) Architecture.
(c) Basketweaving.
(d) Sculpture.

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

4. What is the political purpose of regalia and pageantry, according to the author?
(a) To express individuality and taste.
(b) To impress other aristocrats and politicians.
(c) To impress the lower-class subjects.
(d) To prove one's worth as a leader.

5. What development contributed greatly, according to the author, to pageantry and theatrical spectacle?
(a) Photography.
(b) Artificial lighting.
(c) Widespread literacy.
(d) Mass production of clothing and jewelry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?

2. What was a magic lantern show?

3. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?

4. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. According to the author, what is the role of psychics and mystics in the modern Western world, and why?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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