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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. Einstein said:
(a) Scientific knowledge comes from nature. Nature provides the hypotheses.
(b) The number of rational hypotheses that can explain any given phenomenon is infinite, increasing as more are tested.
(c) Knowledge comes from intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding of experience.
(d) Knowledge comes from man. Man provides the hypotheses.

2. The Narrator feels apprehensive about
(a) meeting the DeWeeses.
(b) spending the night in a cabin.
(c) riding through Yellowstone Park.
(d) introducing John and Sylvia to the DeWeeses.

3. A Chautauqua is
(a) A chat room on the internet for specialized discussions.
(b) A traveling tent-show meant to entertain and enlighten, once common in America.
(c) A Middle Eastern philosophy.
(d) A carnival that sets up on the streets of small American towns.

4. The Narrator ended the trip to Canada on the motorcycle because
(a) Chris got sick.
(b) It was raining too hard to ride a motorcycle.
(c) The motorcycle was out of gas.
(d) The motorcycle seized up.

5. John is interested in
(a) what is the underlying form of things.
(b) what things appear to be.
(c) what things are.
(d) what things mean.

Short Answer Questions

1. In chapter 11, the Narrator and Chris seem

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

3. Unpacking at the campground is difficult due to

4. Why does the Narrator almost leave the building with Chris?

5. Phaedrus corresponded with the Northwest Regional Accrediting Association

Short Essay Questions

1. What is symbolized by the riding without helmets and what is symbolized by Chris' standing on the pegs to ride the motorcycle?

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

3. How do we know that the Narrator has been on this road, in this town, or at this motel before?

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

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

6. In Chapter 1, the Narrator says that sometimes when truth knocks on the door you tell it to go away because you are looking for truth. He also introduces the idea of the Chautauqua, saying he will be concerned more with the question of "What is best?" than the question of "What's new?" How are those ideas related to one another?

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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