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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. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?

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

3. What is the potential danger of the second technique described in Appendix 1?

4. The author states in Appendix 3 that the cinematographic art of the distorted documentary seems to presage the end of what?

5. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the author feel about the explanations for visions which he presents in Appendix 2?

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

6. What is the author's view of heaven and hell, as described at the end of the second essay?

7. What is different about the two forms of visionary art discussed in Appendix 3?

8. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

9. What other practices commonly incorporated into religious ceremonies produce results similar to the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 uses zoology as a metaphor for the unexplored regions of the human mind. What is a metaphor? What is Huxley trying to convey by using this metaphor? Is the metaphor effective and appropriate? If not, is there a more appropriate one which he could have used, and why would it have been better? Did this metaphor aid your understanding of Huxley's point?

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