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 was the drug typically used up until the 1950s?

2. What are the first objects upon which the author intently focuses during the experiment?

3. What practice has been undertaken by almost all religious aspirants, according to the author?

4. Why were our ancestors' visions often negative, according to the author?

5. What is the biggest difference between dreams and visions, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can a state similar to schizophrenia be deliberately induced?

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

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

4. What does the author mean when he states that La Tour was religious?

5. What does the author say about Vuillard at the beginning of Appendix 5?

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

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

8. What does the author say about the history of fireworks, in Appendix 3?

9. What does the author begin to ponder after seeing a book of Sandro Botticelli's paintings in the World's Biggest Drug Store?

10. In what other way did faithful people sometimes induce religious visions, according to the author?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The difference between Eastern and Western art is significant to Huxley. What are the major differences between these two cultural art forms? Why does Huxley feel that these differences are so significant? How do the differences between Eastern and Western art relate to the visionary experiences Huxley talks about in the rest of the text?

Essay Topic 2

Huxley discusses the power of not only positive visionary experiences but also negative ones. What are some of the major differences between the two? What types of people are inclined to have positive or negative experiences? What happens to people when they have these sorts of experiences?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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