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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 happens when mescalin or LSD is used in conjunction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) The effects of the drugs immediately wear off.
(b) The effects of the drugs are intensified and enriched.
(c) Any negative effects being experienced by the user will disappear.
(d) The user is more prone to nausea, vomiting or seizure.

2. To what field of science does the author compare the human mind at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell"?
(a) Ornithology.
(b) Zoology.
(c) Physiology.
(d) Etymology.

3. According to the author, why do religious devotees participate in practices to atone for their sins?
(a) To get a reprieve from feelings of guilt or inadequacy.
(b) To prepare themselves for judgment after death.
(c) To achieve a natural high, created by feelings of religious exultation.
(d) To achieve a better understanding of themselves and the teachings of their religion.

4. The author feels that all human beings are naturally what?
(a) Solitary, but not introspective.
(b) Solitary, but sometimes focused on others.
(c) Introspective, but group-oriented.
(d) Introspective and solitary.

5. What is the difference between the two techniques the author describes in Appendix 1?
(a) One is costly, while the other is inexpensive.
(b) One involves chemicals, while the other makes use of physics.
(c) One is completely non-toxic, while the other has some lasting side effects.
(d) One is well-researched, while the other is relatively unknown.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. How does mescalin affect the user's brain function?

3. What was a magic lantern show?

4. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?

5. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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

5. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

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

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

9. What are the author's expectations regarding what he will experience during the mescalin trial?

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

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