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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. Philosophy attempts to answer questions like:
(a) What is substance? What are time and space?
(b) Who am I? Where did I come from?
(c) What does it all mean? What's the purpose of all this?
(d) What is man's purpose? How are people related to nature?

2. The first part of the formal scientific method is to
(a) state the problem.
(b) state a possible hypothesis.
(c) observe the results of experiments.
(d) design and carry out experiments.

3. A priori knowledge is an idea that was proposed by
(a) Hume.
(b) Copernicus.
(c) Kant.
(d) Northrop.

4. How many motorcycles are involved in this trip?
(a) 4 motorcycles
(b) 3 motorcycles
(c) 2 motorcycles
(d) 1 motorcycle

5. A supersaturated solution will only crystallize when certain conditions are met unless there is a
(a) violent shaking.
(b) foreign object.
(c) sense of Quality.
(d) seed crystal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Phaedrus served in the

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

3. Academic freedom was threatened by all EXCEPT

4. As the Narrator rides past the marshes he sees

5. A turning point in Phaedrus' life came about the time he saw

Short Essay Questions

1. The Narrator chose a trip with various types of terrain as the backdrop for this book on philosophy. Every description is in the book for a reason. What does the 11,000 foot mountain summit represent? What do the switchcbacks correspond to the thinking being done at that time? Do the paved roads represent something? If so, what? What does the shining wall across the misty harbor seem to denote?

2. 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?

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

4. How does the Narrator know that Phaedrus existed?

5. 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?

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

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. 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."

10. What does the Narrator mean by the term "squareness?"

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