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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why does Phaedrus believe his "Metaphysics of Quality" is a more accurate viewpoint of the world?
(a) It is more understandable to the average person.
(b) It is more inclusive.
(c) It is less decisive.
(d) It allows for everyone to bring in their own ideas.

4. Why is Lila angry with Phaedrus in Chapter 7?
(a) He refuses to allow her to sail the boat.
(b) There is no food on the boat.
(c) He ignores her.
(d) She is forced to watch him get drunk without her.

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

6. 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) Quality and morality are the same.
(d) Morality is the only important concept in the world.

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

8. Where did Phaedrus meet Lila?
(a) A political meeting.
(b) A rave.
(c) A friend's house.
(d) A bar.

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

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

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

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

13. To what ceremony does Phaedrus accompany Dusenberry in Chapter 3?
(a) Tea ceremony.
(b) Quienceanera.
(c) A vision quest.
(d) Betrothal feast.

14. What does Rigel believe will result from what he sees as Phaedrus's dangerous analysis of their culture in Chapter 6?
(a) People will abandon their religious duties.
(b) People will become more despondent.
(c) People will invent their own morality.
(d) People will allow society to become chaotic.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do Lila and Phaedrus dock at the end of Chapter 13?

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

3. By Phaedrus's reasoning of dynamic morality in Chapter 13, what is more moral than society killing an idea?

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

5. What breakthrough excites Phaedrus in Chapter 12?

(see the answer keys)

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