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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why, as Chapter 2 explains, do Eastern communists look to the West?
(a) The New Faith allows it.
(b) The New Faith cannot satisfy their emotional needs.
(c) They are curious.
(d) The New Faith cannot satisfy their spiritual needs.

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

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

6. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?
(a) Several people of the New Faith.
(b) A town devoted to the New Faith.
(c) A Polish man with strong nationalistic feeling.
(d) A man of the New Faith.

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

8. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?
(a) Futuristic societies.
(b) Decay in industrial abilities.
(c) Decay in society.
(d) Salvation for mankind.

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

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) Give up his first-born child.
(c) Make any sacrifice or compromise.
(d) Promote the party's interests at all costs.

11. Alpha's pursuit of purity in his work was driven largely by what characteristic?
(a) Devotion to the church.
(b) Jaded view of the world.
(c) Personal arrogance.
(d) Sense of personal purity.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What event did Alpha and Milosz narrowly miss one day as they were returning from the train station?

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

3. Milosz explains that people who enter into the state feel what emotion?

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

5. Russian engineers and doctors ________ Western innovations.

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