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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 event was, according to the author, an example of ancient pageantry which was enriched and improved by technological advances?
(a) The first motion picture.
(b) The inauguration of the first President, George Washington.
(c) The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
(d) The first performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in a theater equipped with modern technology.

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

3. Why are religious beings often portrayed doing nothing?
(a) Because it would be sacreligious to presume to know what divine beings do with their time.
(b) Because human beings are not predisposed to look for action in art.
(c) Because their role is not an active one.
(d) Because it is too difficult for most painters to make something beautiful and to also convey a message with it.

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

5. 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?
(a) Meditation and drugs.
(b) Drugs and fasting.
(c) Drugs and hypnosis.
(d) Fasting and meditation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?

2. To what field of science does the author compare the human mind at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell"?

3. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?

4. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?

5. What is the second technique, described by the author in Appendix 1, for inducing a visionary state?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What effects did our ancestors experience as a result of their diets, according to the information presented in Appendix 2?

4. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

5. How and why has the diet of most people changed over time?

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

7. What experiment was conducted on the human brain by Penfield?

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

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 in "Heaven and Hell" about the two possible techniques for achieving the level of consciousness needed to explore the mind?

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