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 difference between the two techniques the author describes in Appendix 1?

2. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?

3. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?

4. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?

5. What does the author wonder about the neurological patterns produced during visionary experiences at the end of Appendix 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. In general, what is the topic of the first essay?

2. How did movies evolve, according to the information presented in Appendix 3?

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

4. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

5. What does the author say about the history of fireworks, in Appendix 3?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Huxley describes various vision-inducing methods in the book. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and why? Which one does Huxley prefer? What groups of people commonly used each method? Is each method still commonly used? Are they all equally effective? If not, which ones are more effective?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Huxley mentions the diminished role of psychics and visionaries in modern Western society. Why is this the case? Why are they still more prevalent in other societies? What changes occurred which brought about this situation? Do you agree with Huxley's opinion on psychics and visionaries?

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