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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Chapter 2 opens with the picture of the Eastern communists looking to the West with what emotion/s?
(a) Disillusionment.
(b) Unabashed hope.
(c) Anger and confusion.
(d) A mixture of hope and despair.

2. As explained in Chapter 2, the party considers _________ one of the highest virtues.
(a) Restraint.
(b) Compliance.
(c) Informing.
(d) Silence.

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

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

5. When did Alpha became a more religious writer?
(a) When he became more fully involved in the church.
(b) When he scoffed all Catholic writers.
(c) When he supported the underground Catholic church.
(d) When he turned his back on Christianity.

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

7. Milosz compares the American law system to what image?
(a) A man drowning at sea.
(b) A man alone on a log raft.
(c) People in a raft paddling different directions.
(d) A powerful ship.

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

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

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

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

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

13. Witkiewicz thought art and philosophy were living out their last days, and how did he see their end?
(a) He found life without them unbearable.
(b) He tried to speed their demise.
(c) He tried to slow their decay.
(d) He couldn't wait until they were gone.

14. Chapter 2 notes that though it is good to be free from something, how does freedom become better?
(a) For something.
(b) From many things.
(c) To rest.
(d) To work.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the Multi-Bing pills change a man?

2. Art and literature of the party prove to the intellectual that what is true about the world?

3. When the Red Army came into Poland in 1945, how were writers treated?

4. Alpha's pursuit of purity in his work was driven largely by what characteristic?

5. By standards of the East, as compared to the West, how is anyone with talent treated?

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