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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. Which is NOT one of the "visionary arts" that the author mentions at the beginning of Appendix 3?
(a) Fireworks.
(b) Pageantry.
(c) Religious ritual.
(d) Theatrical spectacle.

2. How does the author respond when the researcher asks him if his experience with the drug is positive or negative?
(a) It is positive for him, but he can see where it would be frightening for others.
(b) It is mostly positive, but frightening at times.
(c) It is neither positive nor negative; it just is.
(d) It is mostly negative, but the positive parts make it worthwhile.

3. How are light and color typically experienced by mescalin users while they are under the influence of the drug?
(a) They appear as movement trails and waves.
(b) They appear in natural patterns and tessellations.
(c) They appear in soft, rounded shapes, such as balls or orbs.
(d) They appear in geometric shapes, such as buildings or mosaics.

4. Why is it important that people can sometimes be hypnotized by gemstones?
(a) It demonstrates the suggestibility of humans.
(b) It gets psychiatrists another step closer to understanding how hypnotism works.
(c) It offers another way for people to achieve the same results that they would get with drugs.
(d) It shows the power that art has over the human mind.

5. What does the author say at the end of Appendix 3 about the past?
(a) It can never be changed.
(b) It is not fixed and unalterable.
(c) It has nothing to teach us, because it will repeat itself regardless.
(d) It must be learned from, or it will be repeated.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first of the two methods the author discusses in Appendix 1 for inducing visionary experiences?

2. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?

3. Which of these is NOT a specialist who the author feels should be consulted by an aspiring mystic?

4. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?

5. Why is the first technique in Appendix 1 even less understood than mescalin use?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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