The Captive Mind Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2, Looking to the West.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Milosz says that an individual has no more significance to the muse of history than what object?
(a) An instrument in an orchestra.
(b) A cog in a machine.
(c) A weed in a field.
(d) An atom in space.

2. Art and literature of the party prove to the intellectual that what is true about the world?
(a) Only Western influence can change things.
(b) Things can be different if he works hard enough.
(c) Things cannot be different than they are.
(d) Only the party can change things.

3. Chapter 2 opens with the picture of the Eastern communists looking to the West with what emotion/s?
(a) A mixture of hope and despair.
(b) Anger and confusion.
(c) Disillusionment.
(d) Unabashed hope.

4. What do the Party dialecticians assert about art?
(a) Individual art has intrinsic value.
(b) Individual art outside the party lines has no lasting value.
(c) Poets may write what content they choose as long as it follows the same form.
(d) The state only slightly moderates art.

5. Milosz's book The Captive Mind deals with what subject?
(a) Fictional characters.
(b) What he experienced living in Poland.
(c) What he heard about after living in the United States.
(d) Society some time in the future.

Short Answer Questions

1. The atmosphere in a collective society is one of what?

2. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?

3. Witkiewicz thought art and philosophy were living out their last days, and how did he see their end?

4. According to Milosz, nations which have recently come under communist rule feel excitement at first, and then feel what emotion?

5. According to Witkiewicz, what role does religion play in modern society?

(see the answer key)

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