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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. Philosophy attempts to answer questions like:
(a) What is substance? What are time and space?
(b) Who am I? Where did I come from?
(c) What is man's purpose? How are people related to nature?
(d) What does it all mean? What's the purpose of all this?

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

3. The purpose of Annihilation ECS was
(a) to liquidate a personality.
(b) to solidify a personality.
(c) to create a new personality.
(d) to gel a personality.

4. What did he discover about his spark plugs?
(a) One was quite dirty, but the other was not.
(b) One was broken.
(c) They both looked fine.
(d) They were both quite dirty.

5. 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) bilateral truth.
(b) frontal truth.
(c) literal truth.
(d) lateral truth.

6. The Narrator characterized the college as a "teaching college" by which he meant
(a) the professors taught the graduate students to teach, but stayed really busy teaching the grad students.
(b) the professors were burned out with teaching so many classes and never had time for research or contemplation.
(c) the college was designed to prepare students to be teachers in schools and colleges.
(d) that only those who truly enjoyed teaching worked there since the college did not require research.

7. A Chautauqua is
(a) A Middle Eastern philosophy.
(b) A carnival that sets up on the streets of small American towns.
(c) A traveling tent-show meant to entertain and enlighten, once common in America.
(d) A chat room on the internet for specialized discussions.

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. The real university according to Phaedrus
(a) is a state of mind based on the heritage of rational thought, which is regenerated by a body of people.
(b) is a legal corporation, which owns property and pays salaries to teaching staff and receives payment for teaching students.
(c) is a nonprofit corporation, which owns property and pays salaries to teaching staff and receives payment for teaching students.
(d) is a facility created and operated by a state legislature for the purpose of educating students.

10. Sylvia begins to ask questions about Chris'
(a) temper tantrums.
(b) stomach pains.
(c) depression.
(d) headaches.

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

12. A priori knowledge is an idea that was proposed by
(a) Kant.
(b) Copernicus.
(c) Northrop.
(d) Hume.

13. The stand of pines where the group is camping is the home of
(a) wolves.
(b) bats.
(c) mosquitoes.
(d) fire ants.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The course sections Phaedrus most often taught included

2. Phaedrus' stage fright concerning classroom teaching appeared to students as

3. The Narrator ended the trip to Canada on the motorcycle because

4. The Narrator seems to think that technology is

5. Which of the following is NOT a book the Narrator has brought on the trip?

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