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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 4, who is Alpha, the Moralist?
(a) A little-known prose writer, a good friend of Milosz.
(b) A well-known prose writer not personally known to Milosz.
(c) A well-known poet, a good friend of Milosz.
(d) A well-known prose writer, a good friend of Milosz.

2. The purpose of Chapter 2 is to compare and contrast what two groups?
(a) Eastern and Western communists.
(b) Communists and capitalists.
(c) Eastern Europe with Eastern Asia.
(d) Communists and fascists.

3. In the 1940s, once they were freed of the past, how did the Eastern countries think?
(a) They had no choice but the New Faith.
(b) They modified capitalism to fit their needs.
(c) They returned to a feudalist system.
(d) They regretted their choice.

4. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?
(a) Salvation for mankind.
(b) Futuristic societies.
(c) Decay in industrial abilities.
(d) Decay in society.

5. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?
(a) He had no other choice.
(b) He thought it was best for his family.
(c) He was tricked into it.
(d) The party threatened his life.

6. How does the Eastern communist regard everything from the West?
(a) With loud enthusiasm.
(b) With antipathy.
(c) With strong criticism.
(d) With deep confusion.

7. Fifty years of re-education within the party can change entire nations so that they become what?
(a) Utterly subservient.
(b) Sly and vicious.
(c) Fearful.
(d) Docile and obedient.

8. Peasants, in Milosz's understanding, assert what about their lives?
(a) Feudalism is their only salvation.
(b) Change must come.
(c) Communism is their only salvation.
(d) They are perfectly happy with their lives.

9. Milosz explains that people who enter into the state feel what emotion?
(a) That there is no other hope of salvation.
(b) Complete joy.
(c) Some hesitation because of their children.
(d) Some hesitation because of their personal property.

10. Milosz asserts that the man of the New Faith has the greatest fear of what action?
(a) Thinking for others.
(b) Thinking for himself.
(c) Acting based on others' decisions.
(d) Losing the capability to reason.

11. After the war, how was Alpha was received by Polish communists?
(a) On the condition he write what they wanted.
(b) Skeptically.
(c) With open arms.
(d) With hostility.

12. How do the inhabitants of communist countries appear?
(a) Uniformly short and stocky.
(b) Mostly Aryan, following the decimation of the Jewish population in World War II.
(c) Predominantly tall and well-dressed.
(d) Diverse according to their racial heritages.

13. Chapter 2 notes that though it is good to be free from something, how does freedom become better?
(a) For something.
(b) From many things.
(c) To work.
(d) To rest.

14. Why, as Chapter 2 explains, do Eastern communists look to the West?
(a) The New Faith allows it.
(b) The New Faith cannot satisfy their spiritual needs.
(c) They are curious.
(d) The New Faith cannot satisfy their emotional needs.

15. In the eyes of the besieged Pole, what is the only poetry that will last?
(a) Poetry that is most vivid to the reader.
(b) Poetry that has most affected the writer.
(c) Poetry that is unquestionably real.
(d) Poetry that is most amusing.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?

3. Milosz ends Chapter I with the question:

4. Milosz compares the Method to what animal?

5. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?

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