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 Carlyle, why didn't he suffer from any definite fear?

2. According to the author, what happens when Nature is seen up-close or from a different angle?

3. According to the author, in what year did the rediscovery of La Tour begin?

4. According to the author in Appendix 6, what opens the doors of heaven, hell, and limbo for the living?

5. What "divine tautology" is expressed by the subjects of great nature art, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Of what was Carlyle constantly apprehensive or afraid?

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

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

5. How does Carlyle feel about other people?

6. Who is James Halliday?

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

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

9. What did Gericault use as models for his work, "Raft of the Medusa"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Huxley claims that people are so used to Nature, as it is seen from an everyday perspective, that they are fooled into thinking they know everything about it. What changes for people, according to Huxley, when this perspective is altered?

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 mentions the diminished role of psychics and visionaries in modern Western society. Why is this the case? Why are they still more prevalent in other societies? What changes occurred which brought about this situation? Do you agree with Huxley's opinion on psychics and visionaries?

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