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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The "accidental unmaskings of Ketman," Chapter 3, are called _________ .
(a) Derivations.
(b) Deviations.
(c) Perpetuations.
(d) Hallucinations.

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

3. During World War II, how did the nearness of death affect the Poles' lives?
(a) It instilled terror.
(b) It made them ambivalent to the future.
(c) It created a daily thankfulness for life.
(d) It destroyed all sense of shame.

4. What school of thought gave Alpha the tragic language he needed?
(a) Fascism.
(b) Catholicism.
(c) Agnosticism.
(d) Capitalism.

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

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

7. As explained in Chapter 1, if a man asks the questions to which the absurd leads him, he reaches what emotional state?
(a) Hatred of the proletariat.
(b) Hatred of himself.
(c) Hatred of the bourgeois.
(d) Despair for society.

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

9. Alpha's response to the Nazis' violent anti-Semitism was what emotion?
(a) Quiet approval.
(b) Outrage.
(c) Support.
(d) Indifference.

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

11. 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 most vivid to the reader.
(c) Poetry that is unquestionably real.
(d) Poetry that is most amusing.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When Alpha and Milosz stumbled on a board with the painted words "Lieutenant Zbyszek's road of suffering," what did they meditate on?

3. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?

4. Walking in the ruined city in 1945, what emotion did Alpha feel primarily?

5. The atmosphere in a collective society is one of what?

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