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. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?

2. According to the author, what is "one of the most magical and transporting of spectacles"?

3. What is the drawback to the "visionary arts" mentioned in Appendix 3?

4. According to the author, what are the two ways to achieve a level of consciousness that allows for exploration of the undiscovered areas of the mind?

5. How are many visionaries received by others, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. How did movies evolve, according to the information presented in Appendix 3?

6. How and why has the diet of most people changed over time?

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

8. What are the author's expectations regarding what he will experience during the mescalin trial?

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

10. What effects did our ancestors experience as a result of their diets, according to the information presented in Appendix 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Huxley differentiates between religiousness and religiosity in an artist's work. What is the difference, according to Huxley, between these two terms? How can one be present without the other? How does each of these qualities change an artist's work?

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 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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