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 sought require no preparation?

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

3. Why is a grass containing DMT an unlikely source of material to boost the human consciousness?

4. What does science fail to do?

5. What intoxicant was imbibed by the tribes of Siberia?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does cattle being a major motif in the Soma cult make little sense if Wasson is right?

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

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

6. What is Tasili n Ajjer famous for?

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

8. What psychological shift left European civilization at a disadvantage?

9. What important factor did women bring to language?

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

What kinds of suggestions did McKenna make that offers the potential to reshape the way people look at their environment? How could this disrupt the current way of life? Would this be a good thing or a bad thing in your opinion? Why do you hold this position?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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