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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 materials were often used for self-flagellation?
(a) Cat-o-nine-tails made from iron or steel.
(b) Belts with nails driven through them.
(c) Whips made of knotted leather or iron wire.
(d) Flogs made from strips of leather or horsehair.

2. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?
(a) The rarity of negative side effects in users.
(b) The cheapness and availability of the substance used.
(c) Subjects perceiving that they are able to communicate with a higher power.
(d) A marked increase in the subject's ability to see things with their eyes closed.

3. Why are marble and stone often particularly impressive materials in art?
(a) Because they are more difficult to work with than other media.
(b) Because they last longer than many other pieces of art.
(c) Because the pieces made from them are usually very large.
(d) Because they are so hard to find.

4. How did "pyrotechny" begin in Europe, according to the author?
(a) Weaponry for sieges and naval battles.
(b) A pursuit of ever-greater displays for leisure and religion.
(c) A source of propulsion for machinery and engines.
(d) Alchemists' pursuit of a substance that would transform base metals into gold.

5. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?
(a) It permanently alters the user's brain in some ways.
(b) It shouldn't be used by people with anxiety or panic disorders.
(c) Its chemical makeup is similar to adrenalin.
(d) It was a natural by-product of processing the plant in certain ways.

Short Answer Questions

1. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?

2. How would a spiritual person interpret chemically-induced visionary experiences?

3. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?

4. What happens when mescalin or LSD is used in conjunction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?

5. Why is it important that people can sometimes be hypnotized by gemstones?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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