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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is interesting to note about the Western monotheistic deity?
(a) Women are transformed into a negative aspect.
(b) Women are praised but captive.
(c) Women aren't involved as they are in every other religion.
(d) All of these.

2. What religion in Africa is hallucinogenic plant based?
(a) Bwratini.
(b) Bwati.
(c) Bwiti.
(d) Iboga.

3. What is produced by language?
(a) Reality.
(b) People.
(c) Ideas.
(d) Fiction.

4. Which writer is mentioned?
(a) Neither of these.
(b) Mircea Eliade.
(c) Both of these.
(d) Carlos Castaneda.

5. Where might this form of civilization began?
(a) None of these.
(b) France.
(c) Africa.
(d) Turkey.

6. What main point(s) are offered against the fly agaric mushroom?
(a) All of these.
(b) It doesn't provide reliable ecstatic experiences.
(c) The experience is unpleasant in nature.
(d) The incorporation of cattle in the ritual makes no sense.

7. Which mushroom will take the projection of male or female energy with equal ease?
(a) Amanita muscaria.
(b) Stropharia cubensis.
(c) Psilocybe mexicana.
(d) Psilocybe cubensis.

8. What monstrous force(s) were born into modern times at the expense of a relationship with the natural world?
(a) Neither of these.
(b) Both of these.
(c) Global politics.
(d) Scientific industrialism.

9. What is a synonym to creode?
(a) Preference.
(b) Avoid-ability.
(c) Creed.
(d) Habit.

10. What tree did the woman eat from?
(a) The Tree of Knowledge.
(b) The Tree of Life.
(c) Both of these.
(d) Either of these.

11. What used to be considered 'god' and what do we call it now?
(a) Conscience.
(b) Karma.
(c) The ego.
(d) None of these.

12. What is the supreme goal of the shaman?
(a) To convey religious intent to a population.
(b) To abandon his body.
(c) To guide the people spiritually.
(d) To heal the individual.

13. What is interesting to note about Soma?
(a) It is, in affect a cure all and life extender.
(b) All of these.
(c) The substance it is prepared from still has yet to be identified.
(d) No praise seems to be enough for the substance.

14. What according to McKenna seems to be the unique characteristic of the hominids?
(a) They were cognitive.
(b) They were stoned.
(c) All of these.
(d) They were adaptive.

15. When did the preparation of visionary Soma cease?
(a) All of these.
(b) When the rise of Christianity ensued.
(c) When patriarchy became dominant.
(d) When the Indo-Europeans stopped migrating.

Short Answer Questions

1. What artistic style does a painting from Inaouanrhat in the Tassili resemble?

2. What was important in the evolution of modern humans?

3. What culture arrived in Palestine and offered an explosion in societal activities like art?

4. In what pharmacological areas has LSD aided humanity?

5. What cognitive ability are humans not known for?

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