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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Milosz says that both the old way of life and war-time values are natural if what happens?
(a) The government prepares for them.
(b) They come without warning.
(c) The church sanctions them.
(d) They are within a person's experience.

2. How do the Multi-Bing pills change a man?
(a) They erase all metaphysical concerns.
(b) They make him more productive in society.
(c) They erase vestiges of harmful personality.
(d) They create nervousness and tension.

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

4. In Witkiewicz's novel, the characters ultimately become:
(a) Schizophrenics.
(b) Hypochondriacs.
(c) Bolshevik.
(d) Catatonic.

5. In order to kept his apartment and good political standing, the man practicing aesthetic Ketman is willing to do what?
(a) Promote the party's interests at all costs.
(b) Make only the necessary sacrifices.
(c) Give up his first-born child.
(d) Make any sacrifice or compromise.

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

7. According to Chapter 4, as the Polish uprising fought the Nazis for control of Warsaw, what did the Red Army do?
(a) Waited in Moscow.
(b) Watched from across the river.
(c) Sided with the Nazis.
(d) Sent troops to help.

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

9. American politics regarded Russia's invasion of Eastern countries with what emotion?
(a) Scorn.
(b) Apathy.
(c) Anger.
(d) Fear.

10. Milosz illustrates Ketman with the example of what person?
(a) An average housewife.
(b) A Shiite theologian.
(c) A communist.
(d) A Muslim.

11. When Alpha and Milosz stumbled on a board with the painted words "Lieutenant Zbyszek's road of suffering," what did they meditate on?
(a) What remains at the end of a man's life.
(b) History's plans for a man's life.
(c) The story of Lieutenant Zbyszek's family.
(d) Their own possible deaths.

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

13. Which Ketman asserts that men do not know how to rule themselves or properly distribute goods?
(a) Sceptical Ketman.
(b) Ethical Ketman.
(c) The Ketman of revolutionary purity.
(d) Metaphysical Ketman.

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

15. Defining good and evil outside of party interests is what type of Ketman?
(a) Metaphysical Ketman.
(b) Aesthetic Ketman.
(c) Ethical Ketman.
(d) Sceptical Ketman.

Short Answer Questions

1. Milosz's book The Captive Mind deals with what subject?

2. Dialectical materialism appeals to the Eastern man because it is, in Milosz's term, what?

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

4. Milosz admits that he has great admiration for what people or force?

5. Chapter 2 notes that though it is good to be free from something, how does freedom become better?

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