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. Phaedrus served in the

2. How does the Narrator know a storm is coming?

3. A priori knowledge is an idea that was proposed by

4. Why does the Narrator almost leave the building with Chris?

5. Chris remembers looking for his dad and

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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?

3. How are the tasks that the Narrator and Chris perform related to the discourse of this chapter?

4. 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?

5. How does the Narrator show that Phaedrus is becoming more and more mentally unbalanced (insane)? Trace some of the ideas and words that help us understand that he is losing touch with reality and thinks he is a type of god.

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

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

8. 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?

9. What is a priori knowledge and how are time and space examples of a priori knowledge?

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The allegory of a physical mountain for a spiritual one is quite common in religious literature. In what ways can the Narrator's journey to reconnect with himself be compared to climbing a mountain?

Essay Topic 2

Phaedrus and DeWeese were baffled by, yet intrigued by, each other. Explain. Were there actions or words that caused this?

Essay Topic 3

What does the Narrator mean when he says "Quality is the point of common understanding between the classic and romantic worlds. . . A real understanding of Quality captures the System, tames it, and puts it to work for one's own personal use, while leaving one completely free to fulfill his inner destiny."

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