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. The Sophists taught
(a) man is the source of all things.
(b) oneness with God and nature.
(c) ethical absolutes.
(d) relativity in all ethical ideas.

2. The Narrator tells a story about camping in the mountains and being surprised by a
(a) moose.
(b) buffalo.
(c) partridge.
(d) deer.

3. If Quality is subtracted from the marketplace,
(a) only basic, tasteless necessities would be carried by grocery stores.
(b) beverages would taste better.
(c) G.I. shoes would become unavailable.
(d) more tasteful foods would be available in grocery stores.

4. Quality is the
(a) internal aspect of caring.
(b) external aspect of stuckness.
(c) external aspect of caring.
(d) internal aspect of stuckness.

5. Signs that Phaedrus' life is unraveling include all EXCEPT
(a) he forgets about food and exercise.
(b) he is more affected by his children's needs..
(c) he loses touch with his students.
(d) he gets less and less sleep.

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

7. When you are stuck
(a) you are at the back end of the train of knowledge on the track to reality.
(b) you are the engineer of the train of knowledge seeing far into the distance.
(c) you are at the front end of the train of knowledge, at the track of reality.
(d) the train of knowledge is of no help to you.

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

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

10. The three rhetorical options Phaedrus had available to him included all EXCEPT
(a) throw sand in the bull's eyes.
(b) attempt to sing the bull to sleep.
(c) refuse to enter the arena with the bull.
(d) impale himself on one of the bull's horns.

11. Phaedrus broke the syndrome of "nothing to say" by having students write about
(a) the main street of Bozeman.
(b) themselves.
(c) the back of their thumb.
(d) the idea of quality.

12. Why does Chris think Chicago was better?
(a) His father was in the hospital.
(b) His father told stories and played games with him.
(c) He had more friends in the city.
(d) His father was gone all the time.

13. Phaedrus was a student at
(a) The University of Illinois but taught at the University of Chicago.
(b) The University of Chicago but taught at the University of Illinois.
(c) The University of Chicago, where he also taught.
(d) The University of Illinois, where he also taught.

14. The Narrator has tried to reassemble the fragments of Phaedrus' thinking by
(a) jotting down everything he knows or is told.
(b) asking lots of questions of his wife and friends.
(c) going every place Phaedrus went.
(d) sorting through many boxes of papers.

15. If a person's motorcycle backfires sometimes, what type of gumption trap would that be?
(a) Intermettent failure
(b) Muscular insensitivity
(c) Mu
(d) Stuckness

Short Answer Questions

1. The most frustrating muscle trap is

2. Phaedrus was admitted to the program, but

3. A branch of philosophy concerned with the definition of Quality is known as

4. According to the Narrator, the twentieth century is characterized by

5. The Narrator and Chris are planning to hike for

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