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

2. 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.

3. In Chapter 11, why does Phaedrus find it impossible to argue with Lila?
(a) She is too self-centered to think of anyone or anything besides herself.
(b) She is too static.
(c) She is unable to understand his intellectualism.
(d) She is too dynamic.

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

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

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

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

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

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 revolutionary sixties.
(b) World War II.
(c) Prohibition.
(d) The Roaring 20s.

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

11. 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 actively fight for their traditions.
(d) A culture must be able to judge a person's values based on the traditions of their society.

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what age did Lila have a child?

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

3. In Chapter 12, how does Phaedrus define the purpose behind everything in life?

4. Along with the wind, what brings about Lila's breakdown at the end of Chapter 10?

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

(see the answer keys)

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