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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) A mixture of hope and despair.
(b) Disillusionment.
(c) Unabashed hope.
(d) Anger and confusion.

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

3. Those who assert that their work is most important, rather than the ends and benefactors of the work, are following which Ketman?
(a) Aesthetic Ketman
(b) Ethical Ketman.
(c) Professional Ketman.
(d) Sceptical Ketman

4. According to Milosz, nations which have recently come under communist rule feel excitement at first, and then feel what emotion?
(a) Trepidation for their unknown future.
(b) That they've been lied to about the government.
(c) That they've been caught in a trap like mice.
(d) Sadness for the loss of their autonomy.

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

6. According to Witkiewicz, what role does religion play in modern society?
(a) Remains only as part of the fading tradition.
(b) None at all.
(c) Actively involved.
(d) Slowly dying but still forceful.

7. In Witkeiwicz's novel, if man is attuned to the absurd, what does he see?
(a) The state is meaningless.
(b) His own life is worthless.
(c) People's individual lives are meaningless.
(d) There is no hope of salvation, either earthly or heavenly.

8. What is the basis of dialectical materialism, in Milosz's understanding?
(a) History will again favor the bourgeois.
(b) History has condemned capitalism.
(c) Fascism paves the road for communism.
(d) History favors communism but allows capitalism to remain.

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

10. In Milosz's experience, how does the East view everything from the West?
(a) Unnecessary
(b) Evil.
(c) Pure.
(d) Good.

11. In what city did Alpha the Moralist live?
(a) Vilna.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Warsaw.
(d) Marek.

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

13. The Multi-Bing pills are most tempting to what type of person?
(a) A worker.
(b) A peasant.
(c) A merchant.
(d) An intellectual.

14. Peasants, in Milosz's understanding, assert what about their lives?
(a) Feudalism is their only salvation.
(b) Communism is their only salvation.
(c) Change must come.
(d) They are perfectly happy with their lives.

15. Milosz asserts that the man of the New Faith has the greatest fear of what action?
(a) Thinking for himself.
(b) Acting based on others' decisions.
(c) Thinking for others.
(d) Losing the capability to reason.

Short Answer Questions

1. What school of thought gave Alpha the tragic language he needed?

2. Russian engineers and doctors ________ Western innovations.

3. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?

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

5. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?

(see the answer keys)

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