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

2. The parts of a motorcycle form a

3. The group crossed the Missouri River at

4. The Narrator ended the trip to Canada on the motorcycle because

5. Who are the four people riding motorcycles on a journey?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why is the Narrator apprehensive about seeing DeWeese?

3. In chapter 13, the Narrator talks about Phaedrus' lecture about the "real university." What is a "real university" or a "real high school?" Start by explaining what a "real university" or a "real high school" is not. What is the primary goal of the "real university" or "real high school?"

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

5. 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."

6. What does the last sentence of the chapter mean: "I am a pioneer now, looking onto a promised land."

7. A society which kills multitudes in wars, pollutes the land and oceans, and destroys the dignity of individuals is said to be a higher society than one that hunts and gathers. How can that be rationally explained?

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

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

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

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 is egotism? In what ways can egotism blind a person to quality? How can egotism get in the way of a person's spiritual journey to understand himself? How was egotism the beginning of all of Phaerus' troubles?

Essay Topic 3

The Narrator says it is good to be in a state of "stuckness." What is "stuckness" and why is a good? What does it allow one's mind to do? Give an example of the Narrator being stuck and then using it to do or say something better than he would have if he had kept going in the original direction.

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