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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 chemicals were released into the bloodstream during the act of self-flagellation?
2. What discovery was made about the substance being tested in the early 1950s?
3. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?
4. Who used to say that when he self-flagellated God would deny him nothing?
5. According to Huxley, what causes negative visionary experiences?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the author say about the history of fireworks, in Appendix 3?
2. Why is the author eager to participate in the study of peyote and mescalin?
3. What is the main difference between "The Doors of Perception" and "Heaven and Hell"?
4. How and why has the diet of most people changed over time?
5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?
6. What other practices commonly incorporated into religious ceremonies produce results similar to the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?
7. What does the author begin to ponder after seeing a book of Sandro Botticelli's paintings in the World's Biggest Drug Store?
8. How does light affect the art of sculpture?
9. What is the author's view of heaven and hell, as described at the end of the second essay?
10. How does the author feel about the explanations for visions which he presents in Appendix 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Huxley devotes an appendix to discussing the works of Gericault. Why are Gericault's works so important to Huxley? What does he experience when viewing Gericault's works? In what way do Gericault's paintings relate to the theme of visionary experiences?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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