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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 describes the vision-inducing powers of different visual arts. What are the arts which he mentions? How does each of these arts help to induce visionary experiences in the viewers? What relationship to these arts have to one another, and what technological developments took place for the advancement of these arts?

Essay Topic 2

Huxley is very interested in the mental state of schizophrenics and other neurotics. Why is this study so important to Huxley? What does he say about the state in which schizophrenics and other psychotics live their lives, and why does he feel that way? What can be done to help them? What can be done to simulate these disorders in a normal person, and why might that be done?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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