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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The Narrator has tried to reassemble the fragments of Phaedrus' thinking by

2. The Chairman skips Socrates' description of

3. Although Phaedrus was sure he had found the right Ph.D. program, he discovered that his thesis idea was opposed to the views of

4. The person whose philosophy seemed to fit closely to the other side of Phaedrus' philosophy was

5. In many classrooms today, you will hear teachers who name, divide, subdivide, interrelate, and establish "principles" and study "methods" as if they are speaking with the voice of

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Sarah had asked Phaedrus if he was teaching quality, she certainly had no way of knowing what that question would do to him mentally. What do you suppose Sarah had meant when she asked the question?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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