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 poet does the author quote in Appendix 5?

2. According to the author, how did Gericault see the world?

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

4. According to the author, how did Carlyle see everything?

5. According to Carlyle's biographer, what was his predominant mental illness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the Wordsworth quote in Appendix 5?

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

4. What is "Sartor Resartus"?

5. Of what was Carlyle constantly apprehensive or afraid?

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

7. Who is James Halliday?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Huxley devotes an appendix to discussing the works of Gericault. Why are Gericault's works so important to Huxley? What does he experience when viewing Gericault's works? In what way do Gericault's paintings relate to the theme of visionary experiences?

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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