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. What does psilocybin have a catalytic effect on?

2. What happens where hallucinogenic plants do not occur?

3. After what point may a shaman have access to a superhuman plane?

4. What was the wave made of that the author rode?

5. What tree did the woman eat from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Tasili n Ajjer famous for?

2. What is the difference between a dominator society and a partnership society?

3. What happened to the potential of ibogaine?

4. What are the two active chemical compounds in the Fly Agaric mushroom?

5. Why are the numbered paragraphs so important to humanity?

6. What kinds of shamanic practices lead to ecstasy?

7. What factor influenced the fall of the female deity as well as the separation of humans from the environment?

8. What was noted physiologically with the evolution of language?

9. What was Eliade's motive for exposing shamanism?

10. In what ways has Catal Huyuk puzzled archeologists?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the shift from a goddess to god. What kinds of values were lost in the shift, according to McKenna? How might humanity benefit in reverting to that state of consciousness now? What kinds of behavioral patterns were changed when the deity changed?

Essay Topic 2

McKenna compared the dissection of corpses to learn anatomy similar to the expansion of the mind to learn why human beings exist. Although one was punished as witchcraft, students still risked imprisonment and death to advance their knowledge. McKenna argues that humanity should continue to experiment with hallucinogens in modern times. Do you support this position? Why or why not? How is this an interesting concept to approach? Why would it have to be approached cautiously?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the legal substances as a form of control. If McKenna is right, then how are some of the illegal substances a form of liberation? How would these negatively impact the level of control the government could exert on the population?

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