The Doors of Perception, and Heaven and Hell Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the plant in which the substance being tested is found?

2. What is the art form which is most likely to transport those who experience it?

3. Which physiological system's tissues are more "vulnerable," according to the author, than the others?

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

5. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what was Carlyle constantly apprehensive or afraid?

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

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

4. What does the author say about the history of fireworks, in Appendix 3?

5. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

7. How is the practice of pageantry related to theatrical spectacle, according to the author in Appendix 3?

8. What is the main difference between "The Doors of Perception" and "Heaven and Hell"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

According to Huxley, mescalin altered his perceptions in a variety of ways. What were some of the ways in which his perception of reality was altered? How did he feel about these changes? What is Huxley's theory regarding how mescalin works on the human brain? Is this theory accurate? What lasting effects resulted from Huxley's use of mescalin?

Essay Topic 2

Huxley differentiates between a Victorian painting of a thrush and a Japanese one. How do the different artistic styles of these paintings affect the overall tone of the paintings? In what way does each of these paintings affect audiences? Which of these paintings does Huxley prefer?

Essay Topic 3

Huxley devotes an appendix to discussing the works of Gericault. Why are Gericault's works so important to Huxley? What does he experience when viewing Gericault's works? In what way do Gericault's paintings relate to the theme of visionary experiences?

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