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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Alpha fall into falseness?
(a) By living among the wrong people.
(b) By living arrogantly.
(c) By living among ideas of people.
(d) By completely isolating himself.

2. Citizens of communist countries become adept in what skill, according to Milosz?
(a) Imitating.
(b) Reasoning.
(c) Persuading.
(d) Acting.

3. How does Metaphysical Ketman treat man's mind?
(a) He thinks in terms of the present.
(b) He thinks rationally and materialistically.
(c) He loses the need for metaphysical answers.
(d) He thinks religiously.

4. Cosmopolitanism, as defined by communism, is what thought?
(a) Admiration for all cultures.
(b) Fear of the Western bourgeois cultures.
(c) Admiration for all countries in the communist bloc.
(d) Admiration for the Western bourgeois cultures.

5. In the mid-twentieth century, many European nations realized that they could be directly influenced by what force?
(a) Capitalism.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) New rulers.
(d) Communism.

6. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?
(a) Instability.
(b) Incongruity.
(c) Insatiability.
(d) Insecurity.

7. Those who assert that their work is most important, rather than the ends and benefactors of the work, are following which Ketman?
(a) Sceptical Ketman
(b) Professional Ketman.
(c) Aesthetic Ketman
(d) Ethical Ketman.

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

9. What event did Alpha and Milosz narrowly miss one day as they were returning from the train station?
(a) The outbreak of a street fight.
(b) Being run over by a truck full of Jews bound for Auschwitz.
(c) Being searched by Nazi squads.
(d) Being captured in the first man-hunt for Auschwitz.

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

11. According to several examples from Eastern history, how is Ketman a way of living?
(a) Flaunting heresy.
(b) Remaining completely obedient.
(c) Appearing obedient while harboring heresy.
(d) Appearing obedient while exposing heresy in others.

12. Milosz ends Chapter I with the question:
(a) How long until man accepts the party?
(b) What the devil does a man need?
(c) How long must communism continue?
(d) What else could man ask for?

13. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?
(a) Aesthetic Ketman.
(b) The Ketman of revolutionary purity.
(c) Ethical Ketman.
(d) Professional Ketman.

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

15. Aesthetic Ketman spreads because the citizens crave what aspect of daily life?
(a) Strangeness.
(b) Superficiality.
(c) Sameness.
(d) Similarity.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, who is Alpha, the Moralist?

2. Why did the new communist government have a difficult time in Poland after World War II?

3. In the 1940s, once they were freed of the past, how did the Eastern countries think?

4. According to the center, contradictions ___________ in the minds of its citizens.

5. What do the Party dialecticians assert about art?

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