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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 political purpose of regalia and pageantry, according to the author?
2. According to the author, what are the odds of a negative reaction with the second technique described in Appendix 1?
3. The author states in Appendix 3 that the cinematographic art of the distorted documentary seems to presage the end of what?
4. In what year does the experiment take place?
5. What is the Dharma-body?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the two methods discussed in Appendix 1 for inducing a visionary experience?
2. How was pageantry used as a political tool?
3. What is known about peyote before the author participates in his experiment with it?
4. In general, what is the topic of the first essay?
5. How and why has the diet of most people changed over time?
6. How did movies evolve, according to the information presented in Appendix 3?
7. What types of art have the most transportative properties, according to the author?
8. What metaphor does the author use at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell" to describe the unexplored regions of the human psyche?
9. In what other way did faithful people sometimes induce religious visions, according to the author?
10. What other practices commonly incorporated into religious ceremonies produce results similar to the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Huxley is very interested in the mental state of schizophrenics and other neurotics. Why is this study so important to Huxley? What does he say about the state in which schizophrenics and other psychotics live their lives, and why does he feel that way? What can be done to help them? What can be done to simulate these disorders in a normal person, and why might that be done?
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 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?
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