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

2. Phaedrus called Montana State University
(a) the School of Reasonable Rationality.
(b) the Church of Irrationality.
(c) the Church of Rationality.
(d) the Church of Reason.

3. A person consists of a personality,
(a) bones and garments.
(b) bones and flesh.
(c) flesh and blood.
(d) flesh and legal statistics.

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

5. Chris usually reflects the mood of the Narrator in his
(a) reactions to others.
(b) moodiness and depression.
(c) concern and worry.
(d) mood and actions.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Narrator divides human understanding into

2. The high meadow is welcome like

3. The stand of pines where the group is camping is the home of

4. An empiricist is one who believes

5. In trying to explain what is wrong with the outdoor barbecue instructions, the Narrator expounds upon what is wrong with technology, which he says is

Short Essay Questions

1. All through chapter 18, Chris pushes himself to keep climbing and to do it at a fairly good rate even though this was his very first mountain climb or even hike into mountains. What was motivating him and why?

2. 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?

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

4. Sentence fragments are exchanged between the Narrator and the young woman who comes into the classroom. What do we learn about rumors concerning Phaedrus (the Narrator) that circulated in the English department? What do you think is the young woman's role at the university at this time?

5. 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.

6. In what ways is Chris a reflection of, or mirror of, his father? How does his father realize this?

7. Why did John and Sylvia get angry with the Narrator?

8. What aspects of teaching were frustrating for Phaedrus?

9. Explain one of his more radical teaching techniques.

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

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