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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. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?
(a) It was able to transport people and give them wondrous experiences.
(b) The actors' talent was more important to the success of the performance than the script.
(c) The set and visual components are just as important, perhaps more so, than the words.
(d) It was something which could be enjoyed by people of all ages and classes.

2. What is the political purpose of regalia and pageantry, according to the author?
(a) To prove one's worth as a leader.
(b) To impress other aristocrats and politicians.
(c) To express individuality and taste.
(d) To impress the lower-class subjects.

3. What is the drawback to the "visionary arts" mentioned in Appendix 3?
(a) They can only be experienced in large groups.
(b) They require a great deal of time, effort and expense to put on.
(c) They are ephemeral, and earlier masterpieces have been lost to us.
(d) They are experienced differently by each individual, so no one understands how another experiences them.

4. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?
(a) The Midwest.
(b) The Southeast.
(c) The Northeast.
(d) The Southwest.

5. According to the author, what did one subject see while under the effects of mescalin and the second technique described in Appendix 1?
(a) A vision of Hell.
(b) A Japanese landscape.
(c) A phoenix of undulating rainbow colors.
(d) A vision of Heaven.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?

2. What is known about the substance being tested as of the year the experiment is performed?

3. What is NOT a side-effect experienced by under-nourished individuals, according to the author in Appendix 2?

4. According to the author, what are the odds of a negative reaction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the author eager to participate in the study of peyote and mescalin?

2. To which spiritual practice does the author refer to exemplify the effects of a restricted diet?

3. What types of art have the most transportative properties, according to the author?

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

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

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

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

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

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 are the advantages and disadvantages of the second vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?

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