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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. The kind of truth one seems to see out of the corner of one's eye or when the procedure goes haywire is called
(a) frontal truth.
(b) lateral truth.
(c) literal truth.
(d) bilateral truth.

2. The main point of the lecture was that
(a) his classroom was the only place at the university where students could find truth.
(b) the university, as the keeper of truth, must point students toward rational truth.
(c) the location of the university has no application to the teaching of truth.
(d) the church is mandated to teach the truth and ignore threats against it.

3. Why did Chris and the Narrator get soaked on their trip to Canada?
(a) The rain was the result of a warm front.
(b) The Narrator forgot to dig a trench around their tent.
(c) The Narrator forgot to pack a tent.
(d) The storm came from the northeast.

4. The first part of the formal scientific method is to
(a) state a possible hypothesis.
(b) design and carry out experiments.
(c) state the problem.
(d) observe the results of experiments.

5. Chris usually reflects the mood of the Narrator in his
(a) moodiness and depression.
(b) reactions to others.
(c) concern and worry.
(d) mood and actions.

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

7. A person consists of a personality,
(a) flesh and blood.
(b) bones and flesh.
(c) flesh and legal statistics.
(d) bones and garments.

8. The Narrator's tenseness and apprehension about going back to Bozeman are similar to the feelings felt by
(a) a geologist discovering a new vein of precious stones.
(b) an archeologist about to open a long-sealed tomb.
(c) an archeologist about to unearth a long-forgotten city.
(d) a plumber about to unclog a toilet.

9. What does Chris want to do as Chapter 4 ends (their second night)?
(a) go shopping
(b) camp out
(c) never quit riding
(d) stop to eat

10. Academic freedom was threatened by all EXCEPT
(a) Accusations of stirring up trouble were leveled at professors.
(b) More stringent rules about acceptance to the college were enacted.
(c) Professors were banned from speaking freely on campus.
(d) There was a rule against failing students in classes.

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

12. When the Narrator found that the thread was stripped in the chain adjustment, he
(a) didn't know where to start.
(b) hammered the adjusting bolt to tighten the chain.
(c) put a cotter pin into the chain.
(d) used the axle nut to tighten the chain.

13. Phaedrus discovered that the science he'd once thought of as the whole world of knowledge is
(a) not cared about at all by Koreans.
(b) a natural continuation of the question that started him in science.
(c) only a branch of philosophy.
(d) theoretic science.

14. Sylvia is frightened by
(a) the gravel on the side of the road.
(b) the Narrator's bike rolling in the ditch.
(c) a cardboard carton on the road.
(d) a truck with a trailer in their lane.

15. Signs that they were approaching the High Plains included all EXCEPT
(a) Fences became rarer.
(b) The earth took on deep undulations.
(c) The earth looked flatter.
(d) The greenness became paler.

Short Answer Questions

1. The plans of Chris and the Narrator are deliberately indefinite so that

2. The professor meant that the bombing of the Japanese cities

3. An empiricist is one who believes

4. A Chautauqua is

5. The stand of pines where the group is camping is the home of

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