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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 refers to the concept of "Ding an Sich," or "thing in itself," to express the concept of something which is simply "there." How does this concept relate to the work of various artists discussed by Huxley in the text? How does it relate to the visionary experiences Huxley has had?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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