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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The people who practice metaphysical Ketman are often former ____________ .
(a) Catholics.
(b) Philosophers.
(c) Communists.
(d) Humanists.

2. In a communist country, what is perhaps the best way to ensure one's safety?
(a) To become known as a spy.
(b) To keep one's opinions quiet.
(c) To loudly proclaim Russia's pre-eminence.
(d) To join with like-minded people.

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

4. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?
(a) Lithuanian.
(b) Czechoslovakian.
(c) Russian.
(d) Polish.

5. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?
(a) A town devoted to the New Faith.
(b) A man of the New Faith.
(c) Several people of the New Faith.
(d) A Polish man with strong nationalistic feeling.

6. The Multi-Bing pills are most tempting to what type of person?
(a) A peasant.
(b) A worker.
(c) A merchant.
(d) An intellectual.

7. 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, a good friend of Milosz.
(c) A well-known prose writer not personally known to Milosz.
(d) A well-known poet, a good friend of Milosz.

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

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

10. The Ketman of revolutionary purity holds that a tyrant's reign may be justified in what circumstances?
(a) If he brings the nation out of its troubles.
(b) In extreme historical circumstances.
(c) For a brief period of time.
(d) If he cannot be deposed.

11. Every man considers his mode of life as what?
(a) Destined to change.
(b) Unnatural.
(c) Natural.
(d) Necessary.

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

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

14. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?
(a) The ability of the state to imitate the pieces he likes.
(b) The inexplicable nature of his choices.
(c) The fickleness of his choices.
(d) The ability of the state to predict his choices.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Milosz's experience, how does the East view everything from the West?

2. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?

3. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?

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

5. Harboring contempt for Russia is what type of Ketman?

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