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

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

3. What film does the author reference as an example of the distorted documentary?
(a) "Queen Mab."
(b) "The Revolt of Islam."
(c) "The Living Desert."
(d) "NY, NY."

4. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?
(a) The set and visual components are just as important, perhaps more so, than the words.
(b) It was something which could be enjoyed by people of all ages and classes.
(c) It was able to transport people and give them wondrous experiences.
(d) The actors' talent was more important to the success of the performance than the script.

5. What is the drawback to the "visionary arts" mentioned in Appendix 3?
(a) They require a great deal of time, effort and expense to put on.
(b) They are ephemeral, and earlier masterpieces have been lost to us.
(c) They are experienced differently by each individual, so no one understands how another experiences them.
(d) They can only be experienced in large groups.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is NOT one of the "visionary arts" that the author mentions at the beginning of Appendix 3?

2. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?

3. How did "pyrotechny" begin in Europe, according to the author?

4. What are the first objects upon which the author intently focuses during the experiment?

5. What substance is the author testing in the experiment?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

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

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

6. What other practices commonly incorporated into religious ceremonies produce results similar to the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?

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. How and why has the diet of most people changed over time?

9. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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

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