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

2. Sylvia begins to ask questions about Chris'
(a) headaches.
(b) stomach pains.
(c) depression.
(d) temper tantrums.

3. DeWeese had not like the "Church of Minorities" because
(a) it was not abstract.
(b) it was not a very good painting.
(c) it was a print of a painting.
(d) it was by an unknown artist.

4. In his teaching, an essay was to be developed from the basis of
(a) elementary stimulus-response theory.
(b) following a pattern.
(c) elementary, rational thought.
(d) elementary logic.

5. Riding in a car is different from riding on a motorcycle because
(a) the ride in the car is very smooth while the ride on the motorcycle is very bumpy.
(b) everything goes by so fast it makes you dizzy to look out the window.
(c) when you are riding in a car you are always in a compartment looking at a frame like seeing the world on TV.
(d) riding in a car is like watching a movie you don't care about.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chris want to do as Chapter 4 ends (their second night)?

2. Phaedrus served in the

3. Annihilation ECS consisted of

4. A person consists of a personality,

5. Sylvia says she thinks the Narrator looks like he saw a

Short Essay Questions

1. What hoped-for phenomena resulted from the abolition of grades in his classes?

2. What are the various symbols of chapter 23 and what do you think they mean?

3. Goethe's poem captures what may be at stake for the Narrator and Chris on this trip or at this point in their lives. Use the discussion of Chris, the ideas of Phaedrus up to this point, and what is said about the poem to explain how the poem captures what is going on in the Narrator's mind.

4. What aspects of teaching were frustrating for Phaedrus?

5. No two motorcycle manufacturers split up the motorcycle parts in the same way. What did the Narrator mean by this? The Narrator talks about the knife they use to split up the parts and then talks about how Phaedrus used the knife creatively, yet analytically. To what do you think the Narrator is alluding to?

6. Give an example of each type of logic.

7. 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.

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

9. What is a priori knowledge and how are time and space examples of a priori knowledge?

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

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