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

2. How do utilitarians feel about art?
(a) It doesn't have much value.
(b) It is only worthwhile if it is beautiful and functional, as in the case of fine architecture.
(c) It is a necessary diversion for humanity.
(d) It is useful only when it is appreciated by most of society.

3. According to the author, what is one example of the importance of colors and light to many cultures?
(a) Tattoos.
(b) Fireworks.
(c) Gemstones.
(d) Lasers.

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

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 hypnosis.
(c) Drugs and fasting.
(d) Fasting and meditation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What development contributed greatly, according to the author, to pageantry and theatrical spectacle?

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

3. How are light and color typically experienced by mescalin users while they are under the influence of the drug?

4. From whence does the author believe visionary experiences originate?

5. Why are marble and stone often particularly impressive materials in art?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the author's expectations regarding what he will experience during the mescalin trial?

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

3. What is the difference between Western and Eastern art, as stated in Appendix 5?

4. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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

6. How does the author introduce Georges de La Tour in Appendix 4?

7. To what does the author compare the world inhabited by schizophrenics in Appendix 6?

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

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

10. What is unique and praiseworthy about Japanese and Chinese art, according to the author?

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