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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay 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. In relation to Rigel, what label does Phaedrus give people who he believes are "gaudy, fraudulent, ornamental peacocks"?
(a) Prudes.
(b) Anti-progressives.
(c) Victorians.
(d) Dinosaurs.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why does Phaedrus believe his book will be derided by the anthropology community?

4. What does Rigel believe will result from what he sees as Phaedrus's dangerous analysis of their culture in Chapter 6?

5. About how many slips does Phaedrus have on the tray in his boat in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Phaedrus disagree with Sidis's belief that abstinence was necessary for an intellectual?

2. Describe the life of the Zuni Indian discussed in Ruth Benedict's "Patterns of Culture."

3. Discuss the differences between static good and dynamic good.

4. What leads up to Lila's psychotic breakdown in Chapter 10?

5. How did Lila end up on Phaedrus's boat?

6. What does Phaedrus mean when he discusses Rigel in relation to his "Victorian" virtue?

7. What is evolutionary morality?

8. In Chapter 8, what are some of the faults Phaedrus details with science?

9. What do Lila and Phaedrus talk about during dinner in Chapter 14 and what do the readers learn about them?

10. What are Phaedrus's ideas on the American Indian as the basis of American culture?

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