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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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 others.
(c) Acting based on others' decisions.
(d) Thinking for himself.

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

7. Why did the new communist government have a difficult time in Poland after World War II?
(a) The citizens did not want them there.
(b) They were unprepared for the hardship.
(c) Moscow had sent too few leaders.
(d) The modes of transportation were insufficient.

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

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

10. Alpha became a moral authority, as he had dreamed, because of his work in what place?
(a) In the underground, smuggling Jews to safety.
(b) In the Communist Party, writing and publishing.
(c) In the underground, writing and publishing.
(d) In the underground, smuggling food.

11. How prevalent is National Ketman?
(a) Not of concern to the center.
(b) Limited to the upper circles of the party.
(c) Widespread throughout communist society.
(d) Limited to the people who have no power within the party.

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

13. Dialectical materialism appeals to the Eastern man because it is, in Milosz's term, what?
(a) Heavenly.
(b) Earthy.
(c) Timely.
(d) Mathematical.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As explained in Chapter 2, the party considers _________ one of the highest virtues.

2. In order to kept his apartment and good political standing, the man practicing aesthetic Ketman is willing to do what?

3. When a man looks to the West, why does he not have clear insight?

4. Milosz ends Chapter I with the question:

5. According to several examples from Eastern history, how is Ketman a way of living?

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