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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 remembers going to a party and drinking too much. He lies down in a back room of the house and wakes up
(a) riding a motorcycle.
(b) at home.
(c) in a heart hospital.
(d) in an insane hospital.

2. The course sections Phaedrus most often taught included
(a) American Literature
(b) Freshman English
(c) Grammar and Spelling
(d) English Literature

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

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

5. What does the Narrator think he should be doing if he were a novelist instead of a Chautauqua orator?
(a) communicating with John, Sylvia and Chris
(b) interacting more with John
(c) developing the characters of John, Sylvia and Chris
(d) talking more to Chris

Short Answer Questions

1. Chris relates that whichever child saw their father first

2. A Chautauqua is

3. What subject did Phaedrus teach at the university?

4. The Narrator's tenseness and apprehension about going back to Bozeman are similar to the feelings felt by

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the mechanics who had worked on the Narrator's motorcycle prove that caring about what you are doing is essential to doing it right?

2. How do the DeWeeses respond to seeing the Narrator again? What are their actions and reactions? What are their emotions and thoughts?

3. What is the difference between "What's new?" and "What is best?" What type of answer might you get to each question? Which question would you prefer to ask your friends? Which question would you rather have people ask you?

4. 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?

5. Based on what you have read through chapter 28, by way of predicting an outcome for the book, write a paragraph or two explaining a dream you think the Narrator will have near the end of the book.

6. Why do you suppose the Narrator calls Phaedrus' office a "find?" Do you think he did not know it was Phaedrus' office when he opened the door?

7. What are some of the things John likes about Miles City, Montana? What do these indicate about the city? About John?

8. Which gumption trap is most often a problem for you and how to you overcome it?

9. How are the tasks that the Narrator and Chris perform related to the discourse of this chapter?

10. What aspects of teaching were frustrating for Phaedrus?

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