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 biggest difference between dreams and visions, according to the author?

2. Which is NOT one of the "visionary arts" that the author mentions at the beginning of Appendix 3?

3. What two techniques, according to the author, can produce effects similar to those of mescalin?

4. How does the author describe our ancestors' winter diets in Appendix 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author feel about the explanations for visions which he presents in Appendix 2?

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

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

4. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Huxley discusses the power of not only positive visionary experiences but also negative ones. What are some of the major differences between the two? What types of people are inclined to have positive or negative experiences? What happens to people when they have these sorts of experiences?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The difference between Eastern and Western art is significant to Huxley. What are the major differences between these two cultural art forms? Why does Huxley feel that these differences are so significant? How do the differences between Eastern and Western art relate to the visionary experiences Huxley talks about in the rest of the text?

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