Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert M. Pirsig
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Man is a passive observer or a "blank tablet" was first proposed by

2. When they arrive in Ellendale for breakfast, it is

3. Phaedrus called Montana State University

4. The Narrator says that some cultures believe in ghosts in the same way that other cultures

5. Herried is designated a Western town by the Narrator because

Short Essay Questions

1. What is symbolized by the riding without helmets and what is symbolized by Chris' standing on the pegs to ride the motorcycle?

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

3. Why is the Narrator apprehensive about seeing DeWeese?

4. 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.

5. Why did the thought of teaching Quality seem so confusing, yet so appealing, to him?

6. What is the difference between "What's new?" and "What is best?" What type of answer might you get to each question? Which question would you prefer to ask your friends? Which question would you rather have people ask you?

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

8. Give an example of each type of logic.

9. What are the various symbols of chapter 23 and what do you think they mean?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How can technology best be pursued and used to enrich human life rather than degrading humans? Give examples. How can technology be art? Can you think of some examples?

Essay Topic 2

What does the bottom of the ocean symbolize? Do you think the Narrator and Chris meet there? What do they find out about themselves and each other as they attempt to meet? What is the result?

Essay Topic 3

At what point in the book did you realize that Phaedrus and the Narrator are the same person? What clues are given? At what point do the two actually merge into one and the same person in the book? Give reasons for your answer.

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