Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Robert M. Pirsig
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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The most frustrating muscle trap is

2. Quality is the

3. Phaedrus broke the syndrome of "nothing to say" by having students write about

4. In the "train of knowledge" analogy

5. The Narrator first helps Chris' tiredness by

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the book, the Narrator does not seem to understand or connect with Chris on any level. He finds Chris' questions irritating and his behavior frustrating and often refuses to try to communicate. Trace the Narrator's relationship with Chris through the book. Give examples of his attitude at various points. At what point in the book do we see that he is becoming more open to Chris? What does he think or say to make us feel that he wants to reach out to Chris?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Phaedrus was a good father? Do you think the Narrator at the beginning of the book was a good father? Do you think the Narrator at the end of the book was a good father? Back your answers with examples to prove your points.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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