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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 4, who is Alpha, the Moralist?
(a) A well-known prose writer not personally known to Milosz.
(b) A well-known prose writer, a good friend of Milosz.
(c) A little-known prose writer, a good friend of Milosz.
(d) A well-known poet, a good friend of Milosz.

2. During World War II, how did the nearness of death affect the Poles' lives?
(a) It destroyed all sense of shame.
(b) It created a daily thankfulness for life.
(c) It made them ambivalent to the future.
(d) It instilled terror.

3. 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.

4. Alpha became a moral authority, as he had dreamed, because of his work in what place?
(a) In the Communist Party, writing and publishing.
(b) In the underground, smuggling food.
(c) In the underground, smuggling Jews to safety.
(d) In the underground, writing and publishing.

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

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

7. How does Metaphysical Ketman treat man's mind?
(a) He thinks rationally and materialistically.
(b) He loses the need for metaphysical answers.
(c) He thinks religiously.
(d) He thinks in terms of the present.

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

9. 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 couldn't wait until they were gone.
(c) He tried to speed their demise.
(d) He tried to slow their decay.

10. Why does the state take advantage of professional Ketman?
(a) It needs doctors and engineers.
(b) It has other, more pressing concerns.
(c) It exploits the workers.
(d) The problem is minimal.

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

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

13. How do the inhabitants of communist countries appear?
(a) Mostly Aryan, following the decimation of the Jewish population in World War II.
(b) Uniformly short and stocky.
(c) Predominantly tall and well-dressed.
(d) Diverse according to their racial heritages.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?

2. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?

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

4. According to Chapter 4, as the Polish uprising fought the Nazis for control of Warsaw, what did the Red Army do?

5. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?

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