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

2. The Narrator approaches maintaining his motorcycle like
(a) a person entering a bar for refreshment.
(b) a person entering a theater for entertainment.
(c) a person entering a home for refuge from the world.
(d) a person entering a church for a religious rite.

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

4. The woman who finds him in his classroom
(a) was a colleague of his.
(b) was a teacher of his.
(c) was a student of his.
(d) was married to him.

5. Sylvia is frightened by
(a) the gravel on the side of the road.
(b) a cardboard carton on the road.
(c) a truck with a trailer in their lane.
(d) the Narrator's bike rolling in the ditch.

Short Answer Questions

1. Phaedrus gave up chasing the ghost of rationality and

2. The group crossed the Missouri River at

3. Which of the following is the best description of Phaedrus?

4. John and Sylvia intensified their suffering by

5. Doctrinal differences among Taoism, Hinduism, and Buddhism

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you suppose the Narrator calls Phaedrus' office a "find?" Do you think he did not know it was Phaedrus' office when he opened the door?

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

4. In what ways was Phaedrus changed by his studies in India? How did his background in science help or hinder him in learning to think like the Orientals?

5. The book has an Afterword (chapter 33). In it the author tells how Chris was brutally murdered at age 22 and that the author now has a young daughter. How has she helped to put his life "back in perspective again"? What is that perspective? (refer to chapters 24 and 25 also)

6. 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?

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

8. Chris' Indian friend's grandmother said that ghosts appear when someone has not been buried right. How does that relate to the discussions of the Narrator about Phaedrus? At what times and in what places does Phaedrus appear?

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

10. How are the people's faces in the cities different from the people's faces in the rural areas? What is the cause of the difference?

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