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. What does the author say at the end of Appendix 3 about the past?

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

3. According to the author, what is the most important effect of the first technique mentioned in Appendix 1?

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

5. What is the main quality of the drug being tested?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is unique about La Tour's style of painting?

3. What phrase does the author use to describe Gericault at the beginning of Appendix 7, and what does it mean?

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

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

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

7. According to the author, how did Gericault see the world?

8. What is the difference between Western and Eastern art, as stated in Appendix 5?

9. What is the difference, according to the author, between the two paintings he compares at the end of Appendix 5?

10. What does the author mean when he calls La Tour an "extroverted visionary"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Huxley describes various vision-inducing methods in the book. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and why? Which one does Huxley prefer? What groups of people commonly used each method? Is each method still commonly used? Are they all equally effective? If not, which ones are more effective?

Essay Topic 3

Huxley discusses the role of vision-inducing methods in religion and spirituality. Why are vision-inducing methods often used in religion? What is the importance of visions in religion? What were the methods most commonly used by religious and spiritual zealots?

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