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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 12, how does Phaedrus define the purpose behind everything in life?
(a) A search for spirituality.
(b) A constant competition between elements.
(c) Ethical activities.
(d) Survival.

2. To what does Phaedrus compare creating a "metaphysics" in Chapter 9?
(a) Chess strategy.
(b) Instincts.
(c) Car engine.
(d) Learned behavior.

3. At what college is Verne Dusenberry an associate professor?
(a) Texas Tech.
(b) Montana State College.
(c) New York University.
(d) Washington State.

4. About how many slips does Phaedrus have on the tray in his boat in Chapter 2?
(a) One hundred thousand.
(b) One thousand.
(c) Ten thousand.
(d) Eleven thousand.

5. Why are values not considered to be a proper platform for a scientific analysis?
(a) Values are considered to be amateurish in practice.
(b) Values are deemed too hard to quantify.
(c) Values are too mandated by the government.
(d) Values are dependent upon factors beyond anthropology.

6. What reason does Phaedrus cite as the reason nobody uses "value" as a quantifiable scientific concept?
(a) Accuracy is completely impossible when considering how important the values would be in the scientific analysis of a population.
(b) Society does not allow for anything less than an absolute.
(c) The foundations of science would be challenged.
(d) Values are impossible to count.

7. What breakthrough excites Phaedrus in Chapter 12?
(a) The idea that evolution coexists with spiritual aspects.
(b) The idea that ethics and science can be one and the same.
(c) The realization that the Law of Gravity is continually challenged.
(d) The platypus is an example of science creating a new category in order to cover up for its inability to redefine certain foundations.

8. How does Phaedrus propose to accurately use values in his analysis of culture?
(a) He will simply call his work "data" instead of "values."
(b) He will present his work under an assumed name to remove any pre-existing prejudices against his project.
(c) He will present the values as being worthy of scientific consideration.
(d) He will apply values to actual experience.

9. Phaedrus refers to his ongoing project as a "Metaphysics of ______."
(a) Quality.
(b) Values.
(c) Morality.
(d) Quanitity.

10. Upon what river does Phaedrus plan to travel by boat?
(a) Ohio.
(b) Hudson.
(c) Mississippi.
(d) Meramac.

11. Which of the following is not one of the static patterns of value?
(a) Spiritual patterns.
(b) Intellectual patterns.
(c) Biological patterns.
(d) Social patterns.

12. Which of the following is not at the forefront of Lila's mind at the beginning of Chapter 10?
(a) Her hunger.
(b) Her mother.
(c) Her money.
(d) Her headache.

13. Where do Lila and Phaedrus dock at the end of Chapter 13?
(a) Turtle Beach.
(b) Manhattan Athletic Club.
(c) Manchester Yachting.
(d) Nyack Yacht Club.

14. According to Phaedrus, who attempts to imitate American Indians?
(a) Religious leaders.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Pilgrims.
(d) Frontier men.

15. What is one of the greatest frustrations in Lila's life, according to her musings in Chapter 10?
(a) She has no empathy.
(b) She falls in love too easily.
(c) She knows she has a problem, though no one will help her with it.
(d) She has given all of her money away to people who did not deserve it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the disgraced genius who Phaedrus discovers shared his ideas on the role of American Indians to the American lifestyle?

2. Who does Phaedrus believe to be the originator of the American lifestyle?

3. Who is Franz Boas?

4. How does the Zuni brujo encompass the idea of "dynamic good"?

5. At the end of Chapter 7, what does Phaedrus return to as the basis of his anthropological beliefs?

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