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 does the author say at the end of Appendix 3 about the past?

2. What affects one's ability to have visionary experiences, according to the author, if one is using the first method mentioned in Appendix 1?

3. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?

4. To what researcher does the author refer when commenting on the first technique in Appendix 1?

5. What is the main quality of the drug being tested?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is unique about La Tour's style of painting?

3. What phrase does the author use to describe Gericault at the beginning of Appendix 7, and what does it mean?

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

5. What is known about peyote before the author participates in his experiment with it?

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

7. According to the author, how did Gericault see the world?

8. What is the difference between Western and Eastern art, as stated in Appendix 5?

9. What is the difference, according to the author, between the two paintings he compares at the end of Appendix 5?

10. What does the author mean when he calls La Tour an "extroverted visionary"?

Essay 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 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

Peyote and its active ingredient mescalin have been used for centuries by Native Americans and other groups for their vision-inducing powers. What was known about mescalin when Huxley began his experiment? What was the purpose of the experiment? What was discovered during the course of the experiment? Were there any unexpected effects of the drug? If so, what were they?

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