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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 was a magic lantern show?
(a) A projection created with cut-glass and candlelight.
(b) A laser light display.
(c) The nineteenth-century equivalent of a movie.
(d) An early fireworks display.

2. The author states in Appendix 3 that the cinematographic art of the distorted documentary seems to presage the end of what?
(a) Impressionism.
(b) Binarism.
(c) Traditional documentary.
(d) Non-representational painting.

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

4. Which of these is NOT a specialist who the author feels should be consulted by an aspiring mystic?
(a) Biochemist.
(b) Psychologist.
(c) Pharmacologist.
(d) Ornithologist.

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 does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?

2. What happens when mescalin or LSD is used in conjunction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?

3. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?

4. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?

5. What topic does the author explore in Appendix 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what other way did faithful people sometimes induce religious visions, according to the author?

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did movies evolve, according to the information presented in Appendix 3?

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

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

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