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, how did Gericault see the world?

2. What is the author's complaint about the colors used in "Raft of the Medusa"?

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

4. What La Tour painting was acquired by the Louvre in 1934?

5. How is the subject of a great work of nature art portrayed, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Which of Gericault's paintings are included by the author in a list of Gericault's "demonic pictures"?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Carlyle feel about other people?

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Huxley describes various vision-inducing methods in the book. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and why? Which one does Huxley prefer? What groups of people commonly used each method? Is each method still commonly used? Are they all equally effective? If not, which ones are more effective?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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