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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 are many visionaries received by others, according to the author?
(a) They are treated like normal people who had an extraordinary experience.
(b) They are seen as lunatics or swindlers.
(c) They are treated with reverence and respect.
(d) They are regarded with suspicion, but are generally believed if they produce enough evidence.

2. According to the author, which form of art is most practically useful?
(a) Sculpture.
(b) Architecture.
(c) Ceramics.
(d) Literature.

3. What is the Dharma-body?
(a) Truth, mind, and nature.
(b) Freedom from suffering, enlightenment and transcendence.
(c) Truth, joy and enlightenment.
(d) Body, mind and spirit.

4. What is known about the substance being tested as of the year the experiment is performed?
(a) It is only safe to use in small doses.
(b) It alters one's mental state, but often induces anxiety or panic.
(c) It can have serious or even fatal side effects, but only in a very small percentage of people who use it.
(d) It can alter the subject's mental state without any noticeable side effects.

5. How would a spiritual person interpret chemically-induced visionary experiences?
(a) They were sent by God, and the chemicals had nothing to do with it.
(b) All experiences are chemically-induced, including the divine ones, because that's just how our bodies work.
(c) A vision which is chemically-induced cannot be divine.
(d) Most truly spiritual people don't believe in visionary experiences.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?

3. What event was, according to the author, an example of ancient pageantry which was enriched and improved by technological advances?

4. Which is NOT one of the "visionary arts" that the author mentions at the beginning of Appendix 3?

5. What researcher performed experiments with touching parts of the brain with a fine electrode?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what other way did faithful people sometimes induce religious visions, according to the author?

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

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

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

5. What does the author begin to ponder after seeing a book of Sandro Botticelli's paintings in the World's Biggest Drug Store?

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

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

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

9. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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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