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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 last longer than the user originally intended.
(b) It may produce long-term changes in brain function.
(c) It may cause an epileptic seizure.
(d) It may create an unpleasant sensation of nausea or vertigo.

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

3. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?
(a) The Southwest.
(b) The Midwest.
(c) The Northeast.
(d) The Southeast.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What development contributed greatly, according to the author, to pageantry and theatrical spectacle?

2. What does the author say about vision-inducing devices and effects at the beginning of Appendix 3?

3. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?

4. What substance is produced when adrenalin decomposes?

5. What film does the author reference as an example of the distorted documentary?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is different about the two forms of visionary art discussed in Appendix 3?

7. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

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

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

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