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

2. The Narrator does not feel the faster speeds are good because
(a) the hills are dangerous at higher speeds.
(b) his rear tire is wearing badly and could blow out.
(c) the road is getting really hot.
(d) there are a lot of holes and broken places in the roads.

3. The travelers stay in cabins in Gardiner made by the owner who is a craftsman as evidenced by
(a) the many flowers planted around each cabin.
(b) the careful attention to detail in the windows, doors, and moldings.
(c) how old the couple is who own the cabins.
(d) the sign that is hung in the cabin.

4. Chris remembers looking for his dad and
(a) climbing the mountains.
(b) getting ice cream cones.
(c) seeing a house with a funny roof.
(d) shopping in Bozeman.

5. The person who started him thinking about Quality was
(a) Gennie
(b) Sarah
(c) DeWeese
(d) Sylvia

Short Answer Questions

1. The Narrator does not want to go faster than

2. DeWeese had not like the "Church of Minorities" because

3. Academic freedom was threatened by all EXCEPT

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

5. John wants to camp

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How had Chris' YMCA camp experience seemingly made him ill-prepared for actual mountain hiking?

3. Give an example of each type of logic.

4. 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?

5. In Chapter 1, the Narrator says that sometimes when truth knocks on the door you tell it to go away because you are looking for truth. He also introduces the idea of the Chautauqua, saying he will be concerned more with the question of "What is best?" than the question of "What's new?" How are those ideas related to one another?

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

7. Why is the Narrator apprehensive about seeing DeWeese?

8. Chapter 30 is a chapter full of defeat: Phaedrus is unburied; the Narrator is on the brink of insanity again; the Narrator has lost touch with Chris; Chris is despondent and frustrated and angry, and Chris is in danger of following in Phaedrus' footsteps into insanity. What glimmer of hope occurs to the Narrator as he tries to deal with Chris' emotions?

9. Why was Phaedrus repulsed by Yellowstone Park? What do you think is Yellowstone's real-life parallel?

10. What does the Narrator mean by referring to Phaedrus' reading of philosophers as the high country of the world of thought?

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