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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 NOT a side-effect experienced by under-nourished individuals, according to the author in Appendix 2?
(a) Depression.
(b) Anxiety.
(c) Hypochondria.
(d) Euphoria.

2. 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 achieve a natural high, created by feelings of religious exultation.
(c) To achieve a better understanding of themselves and the teachings of their religion.
(d) To prepare themselves for judgment after death.

3. What two techniques, according to the author, can produce effects similar to those of mescalin?
(a) Meditation and sensory deprivation.
(b) Hypnosis and fasting.
(c) Fasting and meditation.
(d) Fasting and sensory deprivation.

4. Why is the first technique in Appendix 1 even less understood than mescalin use?
(a) No research has been performed to determine its long-term effects.
(b) There's a lot of variation in what people see while using this technique.
(c) It is used by very few people in comparison to mescalin.
(d) Its specific effects on the brain are not well understood.

5. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?
(a) Because they don't have anything precious to give, but flowers are always available.
(b) Because they are a living sacrifice but not associated with feelings of guilt and shame the way other sacrifices are.
(c) Because they don't really understand the significance of doing so.
(d) Because they feel, on some level, that they are giving back something which is indigenous to Heaven.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What happened to "pyrotechny" after the fall of Rome?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say in "Heaven and Hell" about the two possible techniques for achieving the level of consciousness needed to explore the mind?

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

3. In general, what is the topic of the first essay?

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

6. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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

8. What does the author say in "Heaven and Hell" about gemstones?

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

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

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