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

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

3. The substance produced by the breakdown of adrenaline mimics the effect of what psychological disorder?

4. What does the author say about vision-inducing devices and effects at the beginning of Appendix 3?

5. Why was Holy Week such an effective spiritual practice, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unique and praiseworthy about Japanese and Chinese art, according to the author?

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

3. What does the author say in Appendix 5 about "Nature at the middle distance"?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What literary allusions does the author make near the end of Appendix 6 regarding schizophrenics?

10. What are the types of passage that the author mentions at the end of Appendix 6?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Huxley claims that people are so used to Nature, as it is seen from an everyday perspective, that they are fooled into thinking they know everything about it. What changes for people, according to Huxley, when this perspective is altered?

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

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?

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