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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. Secondary roads are preferred by the Narrator because
(a) he is able to get better directions from people on secondary roadsthan those on main roads.
(b) he enjoys kids waving to him when he rides by.
(c) he likes to have people look from their porches and wonder who he is.
(d) he leaves them with a feeling of relaxation and enjoyment.

2. Why did Chris and the Narrator get soaked on their trip to Canada?
(a) The rain was the result of a warm front.
(b) The Narrator forgot to dig a trench around their tent.
(c) The storm came from the northeast.
(d) The Narrator forgot to pack a tent.

3. John puts on his long underwear and plays

4. In trying to explain what is wrong with the outdoor barbecue instructions, the Narrator expounds upon what is wrong with technology, which he says is
(a) its inability to explain things to the common man.
(b) its inability to encompass reason and feeling and relationships.
(c) its purposeless expansion laterally.
(d) the fact that they live in topsy-turvy times.

5. Which of the following is the best description of Phaedrus?
(a) Phaedrus was secretive, aloof, and seemingly cold to others.
(b) Phaedrus was tall, darkly complected, and highly intelligent.
(c) Phaedrus was brilliant, focused on his work, and insensitive to people.
(d) Phaedrus was intelligent, focused, and courageous.

Short Answer Questions

1. Phaedrus called Montana State University

2. The view John and Sylvia have of technology is

3. Chris relates that whichever child saw their father first

4. John and Sylvia intensified their suffering by

5. Traveling by motorcycle is unique because

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter 13, the Narrator talks about Phaedrus' lecture about the "real university." What is a "real university" or a "real high school?" Start by explaining what a "real university" or a "real high school" is not. What is the primary goal of the "real university" or "real high school?"

2. How does the Narrator distinguish between European and Native American ghosts?

3. 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?

4. Falling rock signals the aging and crumbling of the mountain. These small rockfalls serve as warnings. The Narrator, unlike Phaedrus, is able to heed warnings. How does the Narrator heed the warnings both physically and psychologically at this time?

5. Explain what is meant by "Peace of mind produces right values which produce right thoughts which produce right actions which produce work that is inspiring in its completeness with nature and the human mind."

6. How are the people's faces in the cities different from the people's faces in the rural areas? What is the cause of the difference?

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

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

9. In what ways is Chris a reflection of, or mirror of, his father? How does his father realize this?

10. What does the Narrator mean by referring to Phaedrus' reading of philosophers as the high country of the world of thought?

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