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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. According to the author, what did Ben Jonson fail to understand about theatrical spectacle?

2. What is Heaven, according to the author?

3. Which is NOT one of the "visionary arts" that the author mentions at the beginning of Appendix 3?

4. The author states in Appendix 3 that the cinematographic art of the distorted documentary seems to presage the end of what?

5. To what does the author compare someone fasting and self-flagellating, instead of using drugs, to achieve a visionary experience?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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 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 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?

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