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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 Narrator seems to think that technology is
(a) the incarnation of Buddha.
(b) a necessary evil to be endured.
(c) a manifestation of Buddha.
(d) a function of being human.

2. The point at which Phaedrus gave up on Oriental wisdom was when a professor called the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(a) illustrious.
(b) inflammatory.
(c) illusory.
(d) insightful.

3. Phaedrus corresponded with the Northwest Regional Accrediting Association
(a) to get letters proving he was a professor at an accredited university.
(b) because he was unhappy with their method of accrediting the English department.
(c) to see of they would accredit a college he was starting.
(d) because he believed that the university had violated accreditation requirements.

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

5. Riding along the marshes reminds the Narrator of
(a) the heat and humidity of the summer.
(b) the opening of duck season.
(c) the loneliness of the two-lane road.
(d) how cold winters can be.

6. The predicted results of scientific inquiry and the actual results of scientific inquiry are
(a) often unrelated to each other.
(b) hard to understand as being related.
(c) diametrically opposed.
(d) in sync with each other.

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

8. The method of finding one's way through the hierarchies is by using
(a) the scientific method.
(b) logic.
(c) intuition.
(d) the system.

9. 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) Back roads establish an indefinite time frame.
(c) Back roads impart a sense of
(d) It is easier to notice sensations on back roads.

10. Unpacking at the campground is difficult due to
(a) the extreme exhaustion of the group.
(b) Sylvia's complaining.
(c) the lack of help from Chris.
(d) the flashlight's disappearance.

11. 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) its inability to encompass reason and feeling and relationships.
(c) its inability to explain things to the common man.
(d) the fact that they live in topsy-turvy times.

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

13. The group crossed the Missouri River at
(a) Mudbridge
(b) Bismarck
(c) Hague
(d) Mobridge

14. Riding in a car is different from riding on a motorcycle because
(a) riding in a car is like watching a movie you don't care about.
(b) when you are riding in a car you are always in a compartment looking at a frame like seeing the world on TV.
(c) the ride in the car is very smooth while the ride on the motorcycle is very bumpy.
(d) everything goes by so fast it makes you dizzy to look out the window.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did he discover about his spark plugs?

2. In chapter 11, the Narrator and Chris seem

3. A Chautauqua is

4. Philosophy attempts to answer questions like:

5. Sylvia says she thinks the Narrator looks like he saw a

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