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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 high meadow is welcome like
(a) the promised land.
(b) the rain in the spring.
(c) a rainbow.
(d) the promise of a new beginning.

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

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

4. The Narrator says that some cultures believe in ghosts in the same way that other cultures
(a) believe the earth is round.
(b) believe in evil spirits.
(c) believe in the law of gravity.
(d) believe in eye contact.

5. Man is a passive observer or a "blank tablet" was first proposed by
(a) Copernicus.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Hume.
(d) Kant.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Narrator does not want to go faster than

2. The back road route of traveling is better than the highway for all the following reasons EXCEPT

3. How many motorcycles are involved in this trip?

4. The Narrator calls unnatural the divorce of

5. What does the Narrator think he should be doing if he were a novelist instead of a Chautauqua orator?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does the Narrator show that Phaedrus is becoming more and more mentally unbalanced (insane)? Trace some of the ideas and words that help us understand that he is losing touch with reality and thinks he is a type of god.

3. What reasons did the Narrator (Phaedrus) have for feeling deep kinship with students who were failing his classes? How was he like them? How was he different from them?

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

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

6. 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."

7. Why is the Narrator apprehensive about seeing DeWeese?

8. 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?

9. 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.

10. The Narrator says: "If you want to build a factory, or fix a motorcycle, or set a nation right without getting stuck, then classical, structured, dualistic subject-object knowledge, although necessary, isn't enough." What does he mean?

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