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. According to the author, what would Baudelaire have called the young boy in Gericault's portrait?

2. Gericault's portrait of a young boy and study of a naked man are both displayed, according to the author, in what museum?

3. How does the author describe La Tour as a person?

4. What does the author say at the end of Appendix 4 about the relationship between an artist's character and their work?

5. What does the world inhabited by schizophrenics and other psychotics resemble, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. According to the author, in what state do schizophrenics spend most of their time?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Color and light are both crucial aspects of a visionary experience, according to Huxley. Why? In what natural objects are color and light often seen in an intense concentration? How are these objects part of religion and spirituality? In Huxley's opinion, why are color and light so important to visionary experiences?

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