Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Test | Final 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. When you are stuck
(a) the train of knowledge is of no help to you.
(b) you are at the front end of the train of knowledge, at the track of reality.
(c) you are at the back end of the train of knowledge on the track to reality.
(d) you are the engineer of the train of knowledge seeing far into the distance.

2. Phaedrus decided that schools teach people to
(a) initiate.
(b) imitate.
(c) create.
(d) learn.

3. The Narrator becomes scared and decides NOT to
(a) sell the motorcycle in San Francisco.
(b) ride the cycle back to Minnesota.
(c) check himself into a hospital.
(d) send Chris home on a bus.

4. The Narrator compares climbing the mountain to
(a) a spiritual goal to be reached.
(b) a hardship to be overcome.
(c) a maze to find one's way through life.
(d) a higher society to be reached.

5. According to the Narrator, the twentieth century is characterized by
(a) a chaotic, disconnected spirit.
(b) a desire to make Religion, Science and Art agree.
(c) a search for the truth.
(d) a search for Quality.

6. The Professor of Philosophy tried to
(a) cut Phaedrus down.
(b) warn all the students not to aks questsions.
(c) scare the students into reading and studying.
(d) shame the student who asked the question.

7. In the "train of knowledge" analogy
(a) Classic Knowledge is the train's caboose.
(b) Romantic Knowledge is the leading edge of the engine.
(c) Romantic Knowledge is the train track.
(d) the train must be stopped for the analogy to work.

8. In many classrooms today, you will hear teachers who name, divide, subdivide, interrelate, and establish "principles" and study "methods" as if they are speaking with the voice of
(a) Parmenides.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Plato.

9. The hyped-up, supermodern style of life is another
(a) setback.
(b) tune-up.
(c) letdown.
(d) hang-up.

10. The person whose philosophy seemed to fit closely to the other side of Phaedrus' philosophy was
(a) Robinson Crusoe
(b) Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
(c) Bertrand Russell
(d) Jules Henri Poincaré

11. Quality was kept undefined by definition in order to
(a) discover a cancer cure.
(b) send a message to the English department.
(c) eliminate it from the analytical process.
(d) quiet the estheticians.

12. The second phase of Phaedrus' exploration into the meaning of Quality included all EXCEPT
(a) the loss of everything tangible in his life.
(b) a trip to the mountains for rest and relaxation.
(c) an large hierarchical structure of thought.
(d) a nervous breakdown.

13. Value is all the following EXCEPT
(a) an irrelevant off-shoot of structure.
(b) the leading edge of reality.
(c) the preintellectual awareness.
(d) the predecessor of structure.

14. Phaedrus used the number zero as a means of showing
(a) classic formalism.
(b) scientific materialism.
(c) reductio ad absurdum.
(d) subjective elimination.

15. The idea of eliminating degrees and grades
(a) became a demonstrator for persuasive writing.
(b) was enacted by the university.
(c) was embraced by the student body.
(d) was not popular among the faculty.

Short Answer Questions

1. A sarcophagus is

2. When Quality is subtracted, all EXCEPT the following are true:

3. Poincaré's "subliminal self" corresponds to Phaedrus'

4. Which of the following did NOT draw up a system of geometry?

5. Phaedrus was admitted to the program, but

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