Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Terence McKenna
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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. Why must the plant that may have contributed to the emergence of consciousness be in Africa?

2. When was the first sample of psilocybe cubensis collected?

3. What does psilocybin have a catalytic effect on?

4. What did the built in recliners suggest?

5. When did the preparation of visionary Soma cease?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would a culture that shifted back to being plant based be beneficial to today's culture?

2. What important factor did women bring to language?

3. What two group activities acted to draw the hunter gatherer and tribal people closer together that modern civilization disdains?

4. The knowledge of what mystery was lost and what was the affect on humanity of this loss?

5. How does Western society regard healers? How is this a problem?

6. In what ways has Catal Huyuk puzzled archeologists?

7. In what two ways can the Transcendent Other be described?

8. What does John Pfeiffer observe about Upper Paleolithic art?

9. What did the Natufian culture bring to Palestine?

10. In what regard do most Westerners hold magic and those that claim to be practitioners of it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain McKenna's position on legal drugs. What are their origins? Why did they gain immediate popularity? What are their negative side effects? How prevalent are their usage today?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss your regard of the book. Did it challenge the way you view society and its function? Why or why not? In what regard does it give you some new and interesting information to challenge your current perception?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss shamanic ritualized use of mushrooms. Should it be classified as a religion and therefore practicable by all? Why or why not? According to McKenna, what sort of 'divine experience' is possible on indole hallucinogens? Is this the worship of a false idol? Why or why not?

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