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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. According to the center, contradictions ___________ in the minds of its citizens.
(a) Are allowed to remain.
(b) Do not exist.
(c) Are taught according to policy.
(d) Are stamped out immediately.

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

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

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

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

10. Harboring contempt for Russia is what type of Ketman?
(a) National Ketman.
(b) Ethical Ketman.
(c) Sceptical Ketman.
(d) Professional Ketman.

11. When Alpha and Milosz stumbled on a board with the painted words "Lieutenant Zbyszek's road of suffering," what did they meditate on?
(a) What remains at the end of a man's life.
(b) The story of Lieutenant Zbyszek's family.
(c) History's plans for a man's life.
(d) Their own possible deaths.

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

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

14. Walking in the ruined city in 1945, what emotion did Alpha feel primarily?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Despair.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Anger.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The purpose of Chapter 2 is to compare and contrast what two groups?

2. Chapter 2 opens with the picture of the Eastern communists looking to the West with what emotion/s?

3. How do the inhabitants of communist countries appear?

4. Milosz admits that he has great admiration for what people or force?

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

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