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 discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?

2. According to the author, what are the two reasons for the manner in which visionaries are received?

3. According to the author, in Appendix 2 what was the result of our ancestors' winter diets?

4. According to the author, what is "one of the most magical and transporting of spectacles"?

5. What practice has been undertaken by almost all religious aspirants, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author say about Plato during the first part of the mescalin experiment?

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

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

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

7. What does the author say in "Heaven and Hell" about the two possible techniques for achieving the level of consciousness needed to explore the mind?

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

9. In what other way did faithful people sometimes induce religious visions, according to the author?

10. What are the two methods discussed in Appendix 1 for inducing a visionary experience?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Huxley devotes one appendix to discussing the art of Georges de La Tour. How was Huxley affected by La Tour's art? What was unique about it? What does La Tour's art have to do with visionary experiences? Do you think other people who saw La Tour's art viewed it in the same way Huxley did?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Huxley claims that people are so used to Nature, as it is seen from an everyday perspective, that they are fooled into thinking they know everything about it. What changes for people, according to Huxley, when this perspective is altered?

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