Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Robert M. Pirsig
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As the Narrator rides past the marshes he sees
(a) a ring-tailed pheasant.
(b) a red-winged blackbird.
(c) a pin-tail duck.
(d) a robin.

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

3. How does the Narrator know a storm is coming?
(a) He sees lightening flashing on the horizon.
(b) He sees fast-moving thick, black clouds sweeping across the landscape.
(c) He sees the edge of storm clouds on the horizon as they top a small hill.
(d) He feels the cool wind against his cheek.

4. Why does the Narrator almost leave the building with Chris?
(a) He sees how frightened Chris is.
(b) He sees someone he doesn't want to talk with.
(c) He hears a car go by.
(d) He is afraid he will see Phaedrus.

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

6. The lecture delivered by Phaedrus in chapter 13 referenced
(a) a church whose minister was Socrates.
(b) a church building which had been turned into a police station.
(c) a church building with an electric beer sign over the front entrance.
(d) a college dormitory with an electric beer sign over the front entrance.

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

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

9. Traveling by motorcycle is unique because
(a) You have to be aware of insects at all times.
(b) It is a passive activity.
(c) It is so frightening to have no protection from natural elements or vehicles.
(d) It puts you in the scene rather than observing the scene.

10. 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) a plumber about to unclog a toilet.
(d) an archeologist about to unearth a long-forgotten city.

11. The theoretic component of man's existence corresponds to all EXCEPT
(a) the scientific process.
(b) esthetics.
(c) Western thought.
(d) classical thinking.

12. Sylvia says she thinks the Narrator looks like he saw a
(a) ghost.
(b) cat.
(c) wolf.
(d) alien.

13. 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 nonprofit corporation, which owns property and pays salaries to teaching staff and receives payment for teaching students.
(c) is a facility created and operated by a state legislature for the purpose of educating students.
(d) is a legal corporation, which owns property and pays salaries to teaching staff and receives payment for teaching students.

14. When they arrive in Ellendale for breakfast, it is
(a) 7:15 AM
(b) 8:30 AM
(c) 7:30 AM
(d) 6:30 AM

15. The Narrator does not want to go faster than
(a) fifty miles per hour.
(b) forty-five miles per hour.
(c) sixty miles per hour.
(d) sixty-five miles per hour.

Short Answer Questions

1. The view John and Sylvia have of technology is

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

3. Phaedrus did not like Yellowstone Park because

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

5. Sylvia begins to ask questions about Chris'

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