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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 has most affected the writer.
(d) Poetry that is most amusing.

2. Milosz's book The Captive Mind deals with what subject?
(a) Fictional characters.
(b) What he experienced living in Poland.
(c) Society some time in the future.
(d) What he heard about after living in the United States.

3. By standards of the East, as compared to the West, how is anyone with talent treated?
(a) He is ignored.
(b) He is rejected by the State.
(c) He is put to full use.
(d) He is allowed to go his own way.

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

5. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?
(a) He thought it was best for his family.
(b) The party threatened his life.
(c) He had no other choice.
(d) He was tricked into it.

6. The people who practice metaphysical Ketman are often former ____________ .
(a) Philosophers.
(b) Communists.
(c) Humanists.
(d) Catholics.

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

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

9. Every man considers his mode of life as what?
(a) Destined to change.
(b) Unnatural.
(c) Necessary.
(d) Natural.

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

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

12. Milosz says that both the old way of life and war-time values are natural if what happens?
(a) The church sanctions them.
(b) They are within a person's experience.
(c) They come without warning.
(d) The government prepares for them.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Milosz illustrates Ketman with the example of what person?

2. As explained in Chapter 2, the party considers _________ one of the highest virtues.

3. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?

4. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?

5. Milosz ends Chapter I with the question:

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