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 resolution of specific problems of conscience, duty or conduct by using or interpreting ethical principles or religious doctrines is called

2. The Narrator becomes scared and decides NOT to

3. The Professor of Philosophy tried to

4. Why does Chris think Chicago was better?

5. What Phaedrus has talked about as Quality, Socrates describes as

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Narrator is in a sarcophagus in one part of the book (chapter 23). Earlier he had been in a large, white room. Both had a glass door with his family on the other side. In both cases, Chris wants him to open the door. Why could neither Chris nor his father open the door? What did the door symbolize? What was truly separating them? In one case, the Narrator tells Chris he will meet him at the top of the mountain, but in chapter 23, he says he will see him at the bottom of the ocean. What is the difference? Is there any progress between the two dreams?

Essay Topic 3

Various types of evidence can be used as proof of something. Hard evidence of having gone to a concert would be the ticket stub. Memories of what was sung at the concert would be another type of evidence. Intuition that proves true about the best parking spot for the concert is a third type of evidence. Give one example of each of four ways in which the Narrator knows that Phaedrus existed.

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