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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 chemicals were released into the bloodstream during the act of self-flagellation?
2. What is the Dharma-body?
3. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?
4. How was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?
5. What event was, according to the author, an example of ancient pageantry which was enriched and improved by technological advances?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?
2. How does the author feel about the explanations for visions which he presents in Appendix 2?
3. In what other way did faithful people sometimes induce religious visions, according to the author?
4. What are the author's expectations regarding what he will experience during the mescalin trial?
5. According to the author, what is the role of psychics and mystics in the modern Western world, and why?
6. How and why has the diet of most people changed over time?
7. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the second vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?
8. What is the main difference between "The Doors of Perception" and "Heaven and Hell"?
9. What metaphor does the author use at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell" to describe the unexplored regions of the human psyche?
10. What is known about peyote before the author participates in his experiment with it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Huxley expresses some of his beliefs regarding the relationship between visionary experiences and the afterlife. What is the relationship between the two? What can people do while they are still alive to change the experience they will have in the afterlife? According to Huxley, do they have any control over their experiences once they are dead?
Essay Topic 2
Huxley discusses the role of vision-inducing methods in religion and spirituality. Why are vision-inducing methods often used in religion? What is the importance of visions in religion? What were the methods most commonly used by religious and spiritual zealots?
Essay Topic 3
Huxley refers to the concept of "Ding an Sich," or "thing in itself," to express the concept of something which is simply "there." How does this concept relate to the work of various artists discussed by Huxley in the text? How does it relate to the visionary experiences Huxley has had?
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