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

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

3. The point at which Phaedrus gave up on Oriental wisdom was when a professor called the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(a) inflammatory.
(b) insightful.
(c) illusory.
(d) illustrious.

4. The mechanics where the Narrator had taken his motorcycle when it was seizing did not fix it properly since they
(a) were dancing and singing along with the radio.
(b) did not have the proper tools.
(c) did not read the manual for that bike.
(d) did not care enough to learn to do it right.

5. The plans of Chris and the Narrator are deliberately indefinite so that
(a) they can keep changing their minds about their destination.
(b) the vacation can be a good time of togetherness and relaxation.
(c) they can continue until their money is gone.
(d) they do not have to account to anyone for their time.

Short Answer Questions

1. Phaedrus corresponded with the Northwest Regional Accrediting Association

2. A person consists of a personality,

3. As the Narrator rides past the marshes he sees

4. Which of the following is NOT a book the Narrator has brought on the trip?

5. How does the Narrator know a storm is coming?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. What types of things are so dependent on Quality that they would be significantly changed or nonexistent if Quality did not exist?

10. Summarize how Poincaré's ideas fit closely to Phaedrus' ideas--like two sides of a jigsaw puzzle.

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