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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Lila decide she needs to stay with Phaedrus in Chapter 14?
(a) She is afraid that he might be suicidal.
(b) She doubts his ability to take care of himself.
(c) She is falling in love with him.
(d) She realizes it will be mutually beneficial.

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

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

5. What is Rigel's profession?
(a) Engineer.
(b) Lawyer.
(c) Doctor.
(d) Psychologist.

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

7. Upon which American Indian tribe does Dusenberry focus his PhD?
(a) Lakota.
(b) Crow.
(c) Chippewa-Cree.
(d) Tohono O'odham.

8. By Phaedrus's reasoning of dynamic morality in Chapter 13, what is more moral than society killing an idea?
(a) Society killing a person.
(b) An idea killing a person.
(c) A person killing their ideas in order to protect their society.
(d) An idea killing a society.

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

10. The dynamic quality causes an organism to grow, though without the _____, it will not be able to survive or last.
(a) Static qualities.
(b) Theories of evolution.
(c) Existentialist ideals.
(d) Spiritual reckoning.

11. Why must the "first division" be completely correct?
(a) The first division is likened to the control in a scientific experiment.
(b) The rest of the world will only be able to look into the first division for guidance.
(c) The system can otherwise be easily disproved.
(d) The rest of the classification will always be incorrect.

12. What is the importance of "dynamic good"?
(a) A culture cannot be allowed to denigrate another culture.
(b) A culture must adopt new ideals in order to continue evolving.
(c) A culture must be able to judge a person's values based on the traditions of their society.
(d) A culture must actively fight for their traditions.

13. 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) Survival.
(d) Ethical activities.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what ceremony does Phaedrus accompany Dusenberry in Chapter 3?

2. Which of the following is not one of the static patterns of value?

3. What established law does Phaedrus cite as being an example of an evolving static pattern?

4. According to Phaedrus, who attempts to imitate American Indians?

5. Who believed that abstinence was necessary for intellectual pursuits?

(see the answer keys)

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