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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. How many motorcycles are involved in this trip?
(a) 4 motorcycles
(b) 2 motorcycles
(c) 1 motorcycle
(d) 3 motorcycles

2. The Narrator feels apprehensive about
(a) introducing John and Sylvia to the DeWeeses.
(b) meeting the DeWeeses.
(c) spending the night in a cabin.
(d) riding through Yellowstone Park.

3. John is interested in
(a) what things appear to be.
(b) what is the underlying form of things.
(c) what things are.
(d) what things mean.

4. The Narrator ended the trip to Canada on the motorcycle because
(a) The motorcycle seized up.
(b) Chris got sick.
(c) The motorcycle was out of gas.
(d) It was raining too hard to ride a motorcycle.

5. The Narrator remembers going to a party and drinking too much. He lies down in a back room of the house and wakes up
(a) at home.
(b) riding a motorcycle.
(c) in an insane hospital.
(d) in a heart hospital.

6. Phaedrus' stage fright concerning classroom teaching appeared to students as
(a) a reticence to speak.
(b) extreme intensity.
(c) passionate teaching.
(d) an electrifying performance.

7. The range of human knowledge today creates
(a) specialization.
(b) generation gaps.
(c) induction.
(d) an fragmented society.

8. Which of the following is the best description of Phaedrus?
(a) Phaedrus was tall, darkly complected, and highly intelligent.
(b) Phaedrus was brilliant, focused on his work, and insensitive to people.
(c) Phaedrus was intelligent, focused, and courageous.
(d) Phaedrus was secretive, aloof, and seemingly cold to others.

9. The travelers stay in cabins in Gardiner made by the owner who is a craftsman as evidenced by
(a) how old the couple is who own the cabins.
(b) the many flowers planted around each cabin.
(c) the sign that is hung in the cabin.
(d) the careful attention to detail in the windows, doors, and moldings.

10. Traveling by motorcycle is unique because
(a) You have to be aware of insects at all times.
(b) It is a passive activity.
(c) It is so frightening to have no protection from natural elements or vehicles.
(d) It puts you in the scene rather than observing the scene.

11. A turning point in Phaedrus' life came about the time he saw
(a) a rice paddy from atop a mountain.
(b) a double rainbow.
(c) his best friend die.
(d) a wall shining across a misty harbor.

12. The ghost that Phaedrus pursued was
(a) the ghost of rationality.
(b) the ghost of technology.
(c) the ghost of modern science.
(d) the ghost of Western thought.

13. The Narrator approaches maintaining his motorcycle like
(a) a person entering a church for a religious rite.
(b) a person entering a home for refuge from the world.
(c) a person entering a bar for refreshment.
(d) a person entering a theater for entertainment.

14. The back road route of traveling is better than the highway for all the following reasons EXCEPT
(a) Back roads have a welcome day-to-day sameness.
(b) It is easier to notice sensations on back roads.
(c) Back roads establish an indefinite time frame.
(d) Back roads impart a sense of

15. In trying to explain what is wrong with the outdoor barbecue instructions, the Narrator expounds upon what is wrong with technology, which he says is
(a) its purposeless expansion laterally.
(b) the fact that they live in topsy-turvy times.
(c) its inability to encompass reason and feeling and relationships.
(d) its inability to explain things to the common man.

Short Answer Questions

1. Phaedrus' academic goal in University was to

2. Man is a passive observer or a "blank tablet" was first proposed by

3. The first part of the formal scientific method is to

4. Who are the four people riding motorcycles on a journey?

5. The mechanics where the Narrator had taken his motorcycle when it was seizing did not fix it properly since they

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