Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert M. Pirsig
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. By Phaedrus's reasoning in Chapter 15, in condemning ______, static biological antagonism is condemned to intellectual quality only.

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

3. What breakthrough excites Phaedrus in Chapter 12?

4. What is the importance of "dynamic good"?

5. How does the Zuni brujo encompass the idea of "dynamic good"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Dusenberry's career.

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

4. What is the Metaphysics of Quality?

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

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

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

8. What does Boas have to do with Phaedrus's new project?

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

10. What are the "slips" on Phaedrus's boat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the idea that "good" is actually a noun and how it is the root of the Metaphysics of Quality.

Essay Topic 2

When one cannot be the same person they were earlier and they find themselves being defined by the perceptions of others, what happens to that person's identity within their society? Discuss this question in relation to both Phaedrus and Lila.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the many roles New York City plays in this book, in terms of setting, metaphors, and symbolism.

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