The Doors of Perception, and Heaven and Hell Test | Final 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. Carlyle writes that he sometimes forgets what about other people?

2. According to the author, which cultures have the best art depicting nature scenes up close?

3. What is revealed, to the author, by Gericault's "Horse Startled by Lightning"?

4. What was the style of the new Art of Versailles, according to the author?

5. What group of mentally-ill people does the author write about in Appendix 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author mean when he states that La Tour was religious?

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

3. According to the author, how did La Tour feel about "theatrical effects" in his paintings?

4. How does the author introduce Georges de La Tour in Appendix 4?

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

6. According to the author, what is unique about "Raft of the Medusa," artistically speaking?

7. What comment does the author make at the end of Appendix 4 regarding La Tour's personal character?

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

9. What is the "negative significance" which, according to the author, Carlyle and others like him saw in the world?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Huxley devotes one appendix to discussing the art of Georges de La Tour. How was Huxley affected by La Tour's art? What was unique about it? What does La Tour's art have to do with visionary experiences? Do you think other people who saw La Tour's art viewed it in the same way Huxley did?

Essay Topic 3

Huxley uses zoology as a metaphor for the unexplored regions of the human mind. What is a metaphor? What is Huxley trying to convey by using this metaphor? Is the metaphor effective and appropriate? If not, is there a more appropriate one which he could have used, and why would it have been better? Did this metaphor aid your understanding of Huxley's point?

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