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. "Shamanic ecstasy is is an act of _______..."?

2. What does a shaman get from entering the domain of plant intelligence?

3. What particular family of active chemical compounds does McKenna believe affected human development?

4. What do psychoactive plants allow a shaman to do?

5. What questions do humans find most interesting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How can the Stropharia cubensis mushroom be seen as both male and female?

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

4. What are considered tools for the exploration of the human psyche? How are psychedelic shamans being considered as of recently again?

5. What important factor did women bring to language?

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

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

8. What did the Natufian culture bring to Palestine?

9. What is Tasili n Ajjer famous for?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the purpose and benefits from the perspective of a government to having a consumerist population. How is this contrary to what McKenna suggests? What would change socially if this perspective did as well? How would this be contrary to the desires of a governmental establishment?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the ten points of McKenna's master plan in renewing the Archaic Paradise. Does this seem in theory like a good plan? Why or why not? How are some of these easier to implement then others? What would be the most difficult and why? What would be the easiest? Explain your answers thoroughly.

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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