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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. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?
(a) They are warped and inaccurate.
(b) They have completely ceased to matter to him.
(c) They are more noticeable and pronounced than usual.
(d) They don't seem to matter as much as they usually do.

2. What is the second technique, described by the author in Appendix 1, for inducing a visionary state?
(a) Use of ambient music.
(b) Use of a stroboscopic lamp.
(c) Use of various sound frequencies.
(d) Use of a repetitive hand movement.

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

4. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?
(a) In religious ceremonies.
(b) Recreationally, and in religious ceremonies.
(c) To sedate those with psychiatric problems.
(d) Recreationally.

5. What is the first of the two methods the author discusses in Appendix 1 for inducing visionary experiences?
(a) Hypnosis.
(b) Inhalation of carbon dioxide.
(c) Fasting.
(d) Meditation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Dharma-body?

2. According to the author, what is "one of the most magical and transporting of spectacles"?

3. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?

4. According to the author, in Appendix 2 what was the result of our ancestors' winter diets?

5. What are the first objects upon which the author intently focuses during the experiment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which of Gericault's paintings are included by the author in a list of Gericault's "demonic pictures"?

2. How can a state similar to schizophrenia be deliberately induced?

3. What comment does the author make at the end of Appendix 4 regarding La Tour's personal character?

4. What literary allusions does the author make near the end of Appendix 6 regarding schizophrenics?

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

6. According to the author, how did Gericault see the world?

7. What is the significance of the Wordsworth quote in Appendix 5?

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

9. Of what was Carlyle constantly apprehensive or afraid?

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

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