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

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

3. What animal does Phaedrus use as an example of the limitations of the long-held standards of science in Chapter 8?
(a) The kangaroo.
(b) The dinosaur.
(c) The platypus.
(d) The horse.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Phaedrus believe to be the long-term effect of living with views such as the ones Rigel holds in Chapter 7?

2. Why does Phaedrus believe his "Metaphysics of Quality" is a more accurate viewpoint of the world?

3. At what college is Verne Dusenberry an associate professor?

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

5. Why must the "first division" be completely correct?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Phaedrus's early analysis of Lila in Chapter 11?

2. What is evolutionary morality?

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

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

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

6. Describe Dusenberry's career.

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

8. What are Phaedrus's thoughts on the current century in Chapter 13?

9. What problems does Rigel have with Phaedrus's first book?

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

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