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Robert M. Pirsig
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Narrator approaches maintaining his motorcycle like
(a) a person entering a theater for entertainment.
(b) a person entering a bar for refreshment.
(c) a person entering a church for a religious rite.
(d) a person entering a home for refuge from the world.

2. Phaedrus served in the
(a) Vietnam War.
(b) Falkland Skirmish.
(c) Korean Conflict.
(d) Cuban Crisis.

3. Phaedrus studied Oriental philosophy at
(a) the Zen Study Center in India.
(b) the Eastern Thought Center in India.
(c) Benares Hindu University in India.
(d) Bengal Hindu University in India.

4. Phaedrus did not understand
(a) the social crises occuring.
(b) the hollowness of working for food and shelter.
(c) the laws of science.
(d) the chaos he saw in the world.

5. Annihilation ECS consisted of
(a) 800 amps applied for 1.5 seconds.
(b) 28 electric shocks to the brain.
(c) 28 skin pricks on the scalp.
(d) 88 volts of electricity to the heart.

Short Answer Questions

1. Man is a passive observer or a "blank tablet" was first proposed by

2. Phaedrus did not like Yellowstone Park because

3. John is interested in

4. The real university according to Phaedrus

5. It was necessary for Phaedrus to have animal courage to

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Narrator apprehensive about seeing DeWeese?

2. The Narrator talks about the set of boxes which define the components of a motorcycle. If you start at the top with "motorcycle" and work to the next level, you have "components" and "functions;" at the next level "components" are divided into "power assembly" and "running assembly." Where else do we find such hierarchies? Give examples of this pyramidal structure of hierarchical organization charts in business, science, and government. Can you think of others?

3. What evidence is there that the Sutherlands and the Narrator disagree about technology?

4. How did Phaedrus stimulate students to think for themselves?

5. What is the Narrator's personality theory of motorcycles? (How does a motorcycle acquire a unique personality? What makes up a motorcycle's personality?)

6. What aspects of teaching were frustrating for Phaedrus?

7. The breakthrough of blue sky allows the Narrator and Chris to see the top of the ridge they are climbing. At the same time, the Narrator seems to reach a breakthrough in his Chautauqua. What did Phaedrus realize about Quality that was such a breakthrough?

8. In what ways was Phaedrus changed by his studies in India? How did his background in science help or hinder him in learning to think like the Orientals?

9. What are the important points of skill in each part in the scientific methods process?

10. In what ways is the phrase "to travel is better than to arrive" appropriate to the Narrator's trip to Bozeman?

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