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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. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?
(a) Driving somewhere instead of flying there.
(b) Rowing a boat, or using a motor.
(c) Tying your hands together and trying to knit.
(d) Burning down a house to roast a pig.

2. What affects one's ability to have visionary experiences, according to the author, if one is using the first method mentioned in Appendix 1?
(a) The duration of use.
(b) The amount of substance that is allowed to reach the brain.
(c) The number of times a person has used.
(d) The person's disposition before use.

3. What were the two primary uses of the science of "pyrotechny," according to the author?
(a) Stage lighting and religious ceremony.
(b) Fireworks and stage lighting.
(c) Weaponry and fireworks.
(d) Religious ceremony and weaponry.

4. Artificial lighting gave, according to the author, a new visionary quality to what form of ancient art?
(a) Sculpture.
(b) Basketweaving.
(c) Architecture.
(d) Painting.

5. What is the Dharma-body?
(a) Truth, mind, and nature.
(b) Truth, joy and enlightenment.
(c) Body, mind and spirit.
(d) Freedom from suffering, enlightenment and transcendence.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the author, at the end of Appendix 1 what is one claim that is made almost universally by visionaries?

3. In what type of plant is the substance being tested commonly found?

4. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?

5. In what year does the experiment take place?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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

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