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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. A motorcycle mechanic
(a) is a careful observer and precise thinker.
(b) ignorant of the hierarchy of the motorcycle.
(c) is mainly a physical laborer.
(d) does not care about the rider or the motorcycle.

2. Phaedrus called Montana State University
(a) the Church of Irrationality.
(b) the Church of Rationality.
(c) the Church of Reason.
(d) the School of Reasonable Rationality.

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

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

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) literal truth.
(c) lateral truth.
(d) frontal truth.

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

7. The Narrator says that some cultures believe in ghosts in the same way that other cultures
(a) believe in the law of gravity.
(b) believe in evil spirits.
(c) believe in eye contact.
(d) believe the earth is round.

8. The professor meant that the bombing of the Japanese cities
(a) was a great idea that ended that part of the war.
(b) helped people have better understanding.
(c) was not a part of reality.
(d) caused much destruction from fire.

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

10. John and Sylvia intensified their suffering by
(a) fighting with the Narrator.
(b) worrying about Chris.
(c) focusing on the heat.
(d) thinking about Phaedrus.

11. Which of the following is NOT associated with underlying form?
(a) Science, law and medicine
(b) Straightforward, unemotional, and ordered
(c) Masculine, mechanical, and measured
(d) Feelings, emotions, and beauty

12. The high meadow is welcome like
(a) a rainbow.
(b) the rain in the spring.
(c) the promise of a new beginning.
(d) the promised land.

13. John complains about how difficult it is to photograph the
(a) motorcycles.
(b) town of Ellendale.
(c) prairie.
(d) Narrator and Chris.

14. 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 college was designed to prepare students to be teachers in schools and colleges.
(c) that only those who truly enjoyed teaching worked there since the college did not require research.
(d) the professors were burned out with teaching so many classes and never had time for research or contemplation.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Riding in a car is different from riding on a motorcycle because

2. DeWeese had not like the "Church of Minorities" because

3. What does the Narrator think he should be doing if he were a novelist instead of a Chautauqua orator?

4. The view John and Sylvia have of technology is

5. How many motorcycles are involved in this trip?

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