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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 is the term that encompasses the constant laws and traditions of a culture, as well as the values upon which those laws were built?
(a) Static good.
(b) Static morality.
(c) Static culture.
(d) Static banality.

2. Why does Phaedrus humorously note in Chapter 12 as the reason nobody before attempted to quantify everything in value?
(a) Values are impossible to ponder objectively.
(b) The term "value" no longer has any meaning in today's world.
(c) Value as a concept confuses, rather than clarifies.
(d) Value is too fickle for a scientific brain.

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

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

5. How does the Zuni brujo encompass the idea of "dynamic good"?
(a) He curbs his own ideas for the good of his tribe.
(b) He martyrs himself to his own ideas.
(c) He submits to his priests' punishment.
(d) He reaches outside his culture to right a wrong.

6. With what concept in anthropology does Dusenberry find fault?
(a) Scientific principle.
(b) Objectivity.
(c) Modern living.
(d) Persecution.

7. Along with the wind, what brings about Lila's breakdown at the end of Chapter 10?
(a) A crippling headache.
(b) Drinking.
(c) Engine roar.
(d) Police lights.

8. At the end of Chapter 7, what does Phaedrus return to as the basis of his anthropological beliefs?
(a) The world exists in pure stasis because of the interference of the Victorian belief.
(b) Quality and morality are opposites of each other.
(c) Morality is the only important concept in the world.
(d) Quality and morality are the same.

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

10. What name does Phaedrus give to the concept that science exists merely to prove the truth?
(a) Victorian science.
(b) Backseat theorizing.
(c) Armchair psychology.
(d) Common hypothesis.

11. Why does Lila leave her boyfriend?
(a) She falls in love with Phaedrus.
(b) She is bored with him.
(c) He is cheating on her.
(d) He beats her.

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

13. Who is Franz Boas?
(a) Lila's former lover.
(b) Philosopher.
(c) Anthropology professor.
(d) Dusenberry's best friend.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What breakthrough excites Phaedrus in Chapter 12?

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

3. Why does Lila choose to not pursue a relationship with Phaedrus?

4. What is interesting to note about the syntax of the phrase "Metaphysics of Quality"?

5. To what does Phaedrus compare creating a "metaphysics" in Chapter 9?

(see the answer keys)

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