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

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

3. 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 too mandated by the government.
(c) Values are considered to be amateurish in practice.
(d) Values are dependent upon factors beyond anthropology.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When Phaedrus first wakes up in the beginning of "Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals," what had he been doing the previous evening?

3. The dynamic quality causes an organism to grow, though without the _____, it will not be able to survive or last.

4. Who does Phaedrus believe to be the originator of the American lifestyle?

5. Why does Phaedrus humorously note in Chapter 12 as the reason nobody before attempted to quantify everything in value?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Chapter 15, what are Phaedrus's thoughts after making love to Lila?

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

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

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

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

9. What is evolutionary morality?

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

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