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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the Party dialecticians assert about art?
(a) Individual art has intrinsic value.
(b) The state only slightly moderates art.
(c) Poets may write what content they choose as long as it follows the same form.
(d) Individual art outside the party lines has no lasting value.

2. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?
(a) Printing continued as normal.
(b) They destroyed the printing presses and offices.
(c) Almost nothing was printed in that country's language.
(d) They took over the presses to print large volumes of propaganda.

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

4. Within communist countries, it is not important what a man says but:
(a) What he wanted to say.
(b) How he says it.
(c) How it is received.
(d) Who hears him.

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

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

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

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

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

10. After the war, how was Alpha was received by Polish communists?
(a) On the condition he write what they wanted.
(b) With hostility.
(c) With open arms.
(d) Skeptically.

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

12. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?
(a) As an ideal citizen.
(b) Exactly what the state tells him.
(c) For the marching soldiers.
(d) As himself.

13. What phrase occurs often throughout Chapter 2?
(a) The decadent West.
(b) The horrific West.
(c) The cosmopolitan West.
(d) The venerable West.

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

15. At the end of Chapter 3, how does Milosz succinctly define Ketman?
(a) Against the state.
(b) Against something.
(c) For the benefit of mankind.
(d) In the name of the state.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?

4. Peasants, in Milosz's understanding, assert what about their lives?

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

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