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. To what researcher does the author refer when commenting on the first technique in Appendix 1?

2. Who used to say that when he self-flagellated God would deny him nothing?

3. The author feels that all human beings are naturally what?

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

5. What was a magic lantern show?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does light affect the art of sculpture?

3. What personal story is related by the author concerning the second vision-inducing method in Appendix 1?

4. What is different about the two forms of visionary art discussed in Appendix 3?

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

6. What is known about peyote before the author participates in his experiment with it?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Huxley describes the vision-inducing powers of different visual arts. What are the arts which he mentions? How does each of these arts help to induce visionary experiences in the viewers? What relationship to these arts have to one another, and what technological developments took place for the advancement of these arts?

Essay Topic 3

Huxley was willing, and in fact eager, to try mescalin for research purposes. Why was he so willing to try it? Were there any known risks? If so, what were they? How did Huxley feel about those risks? What expectations did Huxley have for the experience? Were those expectations met?

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