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

2. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?

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

4. What substance is produced when adrenalin decomposes?

5. How are light and color typically experienced by mescalin users while they are under the influence of the drug?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

4. How is the practice of pageantry related to theatrical spectacle, according to the author in Appendix 3?

5. What does the author begin to ponder after seeing a book of Sandro Botticelli's paintings in the World's Biggest Drug Store?

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

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

8. Why is the author eager to participate in the study of peyote and mescalin?

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

10. What does the author say in "Heaven and Hell" about gemstones?

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 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

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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