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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 potential danger of the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) It may cause an epileptic seizure.
(b) It may last longer than the user originally intended.
(c) It may create an unpleasant sensation of nausea or vertigo.
(d) It may produce long-term changes in brain function.

2. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?
(a) Its chemical makeup is similar to adrenalin.
(b) It permanently alters the user's brain in some ways.
(c) It shouldn't be used by people with anxiety or panic disorders.
(d) It was a natural by-product of processing the plant in certain ways.

3. Which of these is NOT a vision which the author thinks might be produced by prodding the brain with an electrode?
(a) The author's friend's vision of a colorful Japanese landscape.
(b) Weir Mitchell's visions of the Gothic tower.
(c) Blake's visions of the Cherubim.
(d) Nostradamus's visions of the future.

4. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?
(a) Because they are a living sacrifice but not associated with feelings of guilt and shame the way other sacrifices are.
(b) Because they don't have anything precious to give, but flowers are always available.
(c) Because they feel, on some level, that they are giving back something which is indigenous to Heaven.
(d) Because they don't really understand the significance of doing so.

5. How would a spiritual person interpret chemically-induced visionary experiences?
(a) All experiences are chemically-induced, including the divine ones, because that's just how our bodies work.
(b) Most truly spiritual people don't believe in visionary experiences.
(c) They were sent by God, and the chemicals had nothing to do with it.
(d) A vision which is chemically-induced cannot be divine.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do utilitarians feel about art?

2. What is the Dharma-body?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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

4. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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