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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. The substance being tested has been used by Native Americans of what region for hundreds of years?

2. What was a magic lantern show?

3. How did "pyrotechny" begin in Europe, according to the author?

4. How does the author feel about the passage of time during the experiment?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. To what does the author compare the world inhabited by schizophrenics in Appendix 6?

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

7. According to the author, what is the role of psychics and mystics in the modern Western world, and why?

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

9. According to the author in Appendix 6, how are the doors of Heaven and Hell opened for the living?

10. What metaphor does the author use at the beginning of "Heaven and Hell" to describe the unexplored regions of the human psyche?

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

According to Huxley, mescalin altered his perceptions in a variety of ways. What were some of the ways in which his perception of reality was altered? How did he feel about these changes? What is Huxley's theory regarding how mescalin works on the human brain? Is this theory accurate? What lasting effects resulted from Huxley's use of mescalin?

Essay Topic 3

Different groups have very different attitudes toward vision-inducing methods, according to Huxley. Which groups does Huxley mention? What are their attitudes toward various vision-inducing methods? Does Huxley agree with any of these groups? If so, which one?

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