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. In what way does the second essay differ from the first?

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

3. According to the author, which form of art is most practically useful?

4. According to the author, what are the odds of a negative reaction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?

5. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was pageantry used as a political tool?

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

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

4. According to the author, what is the role of psychics and mystics in the modern Western world, and why?

5. What effects did our ancestors experience as a result of their diets, according to the information presented in Appendix 2?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Color and light are both crucial aspects of a visionary experience, according to Huxley. Why? In what natural objects are color and light often seen in an intense concentration? How are these objects part of religion and spirituality? In Huxley's opinion, why are color and light so important to visionary experiences?

Essay Topic 3

Huxley was willing, and in fact eager, to try mescalin for research purposes. Why was he so willing to try it? Were there any known risks? If so, what were they? How did Huxley feel about those risks? What expectations did Huxley have for the experience? Were those expectations met?

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