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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who believed that abstinence was necessary for intellectual pursuits?
(a) Franz Boas.
(b) William James Sidis.
(c) Vernon Dusenberry.
(d) Richard Rigel.

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

4. At what age did Lila have a child?
(a) Sixteen.
(b) Nineteen.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Seventeen.

5. When discussing "Patterns of Culture," how was the outcast Zuni labeled by his people?
(a) A philosopher.
(b) A priest.
(c) A witch.
(d) A psychopath.

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

7. Although "static good" is the opposite of "dynamic good," static must exist or else the dynamic would turn into ____.
(a) Apathy.
(b) Evil.
(c) Chaos.
(d) Static.

8. Why does Lila choose to not pursue a relationship with Phaedrus?
(a) She is not attracted to him.
(b) She is afraid of him.
(c) She does not understand him.
(d) She misses her former lover too much.

9. By Phaedrus's reckoning on the nature of Rigel's approach to morality, what was the natural effect of World War I?
(a) The Roaring 20s.
(b) Prohibition.
(c) World War II.
(d) The revolutionary sixties.

10. What is interesting to note about the syntax of the phrase "Metaphysics of Quality"?
(a) It is a contradiction.
(b) It is grammatically perfect.
(c) It ties together several different cultures and their values.
(d) It is purposefully redundant in phrasing.

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

12. Although Phaedrus decides that Lila has biological quality, what does she seem to lack?
(a) Intellectual quality.
(b) Ethical quality.
(c) Spiritual quality.
(d) Social quality.

13. What do Lila and Phaedrus do in Chapter 15?
(a) Make love.
(b) Fish.
(c) Cook dinner.
(d) Fight.

14. By Phaedrus's reasoning in Chapter 15, in condemning ______, static biological antagonism is condemned to intellectual quality only.
(a) Physical fitness.
(b) Sexuality.
(c) Ethics.
(d) Abstinence.

15. "_____ is the primary empirical reality of the world."
(a) Quality.
(b) Morals.
(c) Anthropology.
(d) Values.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Upon what basis must morals be analyzed in order to glean the greatest precision?

3. Why does Lila decide she needs to stay with Phaedrus in Chapter 14?

4. What is one of the greatest frustrations in Lila's life, according to her musings in Chapter 10?

5. What animal does Phaedrus use as an example of the limitations of the long-held standards of science in Chapter 8?

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