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. What does the author say about Millais' "Ophelia" in Appendix 5?

2. The first painter mentioned in Appendix IV was the appointed artist to the king of what nation?

3. Which is NOT a type of progress the author mentions at the end of Appendix 6?

4. According to Carlyle, why didn't he suffer from any definite fear?

5. Which of Van Gogh's paintings does the author use as an example of Western landscape art?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is James Halliday?

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

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

5. What does Gericault say about his own artwork, according to the quote in Appendix 7?

6. What does Halliday write about Carlyle's description of himself?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Huxley is very interested in the mental state of schizophrenics and other neurotics. Why is this study so important to Huxley? What does he say about the state in which schizophrenics and other psychotics live their lives, and why does he feel that way? What can be done to help them? What can be done to simulate these disorders in a normal person, and why might that be done?

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