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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 Carlyle's biographer, what was his predominant mental illness?
(a) Post-traumatic stress disorder.
(b) Depression.
(c) Delusional psychosis.
(d) Generalized panic disorder.

2. Upon what evidence does the author base his comparison of a schizophrenic's experiences?
(a) His own experience with drugs.
(b) The stories told to him by a psychotic friend.
(c) Descriptions given by ancient religions.
(d) Journal entries he wrote during his own psychotic break.

3. What does the author call humans, at the end of Appendix 8?
(a) "Automata."
(b) "Seductive demons."
(c) "Machines built of flesh."
(d) "Clockwork dummies."

4. What is the difference, according to the author, between the Japanese butcher bird painting and Hardy's thrush?
(a) There is no difference; they are very similar paintings in terms of their visionary qualities.
(b) The Western bird is surrounded by foliage, while the Eastern bird is not.
(c) The Western bird wants to teach the viewer something, whereas the Eastern bird is content to simply be.
(d) Each bird is painted in a very different style due to the difference in culture.

5. From what secondary mental illness did Carlyle suffer, according to his biographer?
(a) Schizophrenia.
(b) Depression.
(c) Post-traumatic stress disorder.
(d) Multiple personality disorder.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author in Appendix 6, what opens the doors of heaven, hell, and limbo for the living?

2. The author compares Carlyle to what other artist?

3. What does the author say La Tour paints, at the end of Appendix 4?

4. What do schizophrenics share with other psychotics, according to the author?

5. What does the author say about Millais' "Ophelia" in Appendix 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the "negative significance" which, according to the author, Carlyle and others like him saw in the world?

2. Which of Gericault's paintings are included by the author in a list of Gericault's "demonic pictures"?

3. What literary allusions does the author make near the end of Appendix 6 regarding schizophrenics?

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

5. According to the author, how did La Tour feel about "theatrical effects" in his paintings?

6. According to the author, how did Gericault see the world?

7. What does Halliday write about Carlyle's description of himself?

8. What is the significance of the Wordsworth quote in Appendix 5?

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

10. What is the difference, according to the author, between the two paintings he compares at the end of Appendix 5?

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