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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. An empiricist is one who believes
(a) the beginning of knowledge is sensory knowledge.
(b) all knowledge is derived exclusively from the senses.
(c) all knowledge is a priori knowledge, but each person must find it.
(d) knowledge that comes through the senses is truth.

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

3. The view John and Sylvia have of technology is
(a) that it is a necessary evil, but they can overcome it.
(b) that it should be pursued to enrich human life.
(c) that it is a nuisance to be endured.
(d) that it is a death force that may control them.

4. 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 careful attention to detail in the windows, doors, and moldings.
(c) the many flowers planted around each cabin.
(d) the sign that is hung in the cabin.

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

6. In his teaching, an essay was to be developed from the basis of
(a) elementary logic.
(b) following a pattern.
(c) elementary stimulus-response theory.
(d) elementary, rational thought.

7. Einstein said:
(a) Scientific knowledge comes from nature. Nature provides the hypotheses.
(b) The number of rational hypotheses that can explain any given phenomenon is infinite, increasing as more are tested.
(c) Knowledge comes from intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding of experience.
(d) Knowledge comes from man. Man provides the hypotheses.

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

9. Man is a passive observer or a "blank tablet" was first proposed by
(a) Kant.
(b) Hume.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Copernicus.

10. Herried is designated a Western town by the Narrator because
(a) the town only has one street.
(b) the main gathering place is a saloon.
(c) things are far apart in the town.
(d) the town is very dusty.

11. 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) literal truth.
(c) bilateral truth.
(d) lateral truth.

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

13. Who introduces the topic of ghost stories?
(a) The Narrator
(b) Sylvia
(c) Chris
(d) John

14. 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.

15. Who are the four people riding motorcycles on a journey?
(a) John, Sylvia, Chris, Buddha
(b) The Narrator, Chris Sutherland, John Sutherland, Sylvia
(c) Chris, his father the Narrator, John Sutherland, his wife Sylvia Sutherland
(d) John Sutherland, his son Chris, the Narrator, his wife Sylvia

Short Answer Questions

1. Chris usually reflects the mood of the Narrator in his

2. The back road route of traveling is better than the highway for all the following reasons EXCEPT

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

4. Secondary roads are preferred by the Narrator because

5. John is interested in

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