Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Topics for Discussion

Robert M. Pirsig
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The book's title suggests that Zen and motorcycle maintenance are connected in important ways. Identify and discuss two important connections between these categories.

The Narrator asserts that peace of mind is a prerequisite for producing anything of Quality. What reasoning, illustrations, and/or examples does he provide to support that assertion?

By the middle of the book, readers understand that Phaedrus is the Narrator's name for himself before he underwent Annihilation ECS. Identify two ways that the Narrator and Phaedrus are alike and two ways in which they differ.

By book's end, the Narrator seems to reclaim something of his identity as Phaedrus. What does he reclaim, and what does he not reclaim?

The Narrator presented a detailed discussion of gumption traps. Summarize that discussion, and then explain what gumption has to do with peace of mind.

The Narrator distinguishes between searching for meaning on the mountain...

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