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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 was a magic lantern show?

2. What chemicals were released into the bloodstream during the act of self-flagellation?

3. How does the author respond when the researcher asks him if his experience with the drug is positive or negative?

4. What affects one's ability to have visionary experiences, according to the author, if one is using the first method mentioned in Appendix 1?

5. Why do people sometimes leave flowers as a religious offering, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. To which spiritual practice does the author refer to exemplify the effects of a restricted diet?

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

3. What metaphor does the author use at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell" to describe the unexplored regions of the human psyche?

4. What experiment was conducted on the human brain by Penfield?

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

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

7. What does the author say in "Heaven and Hell" about the two possible techniques for achieving the level of consciousness needed to explore the mind?

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

9. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Huxley refers to the concept of "Ding an Sich," or "thing in itself," to express the concept of something which is simply "there." How does this concept relate to the work of various artists discussed by Huxley in the text? How does it relate to the visionary experiences Huxley has had?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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