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. How does the author respond when asked about spatial relationships?

2. In what year does the experiment take place?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does the author feel about the explanations for visions which he presents in Appendix 2?

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

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

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

6. What does the author say in "Heaven and Hell" about gemstones?

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

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

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

10. What other practices commonly incorporated into religious ceremonies produce results similar to the first vision-inducing method discussed in Appendix 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Huxley differentiates between a Victorian painting of a thrush and a Japanese one. How do the different artistic styles of these paintings affect the overall tone of the paintings? In what way does each of these paintings affect audiences? Which of these paintings does Huxley prefer?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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