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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. Citizens of communist countries become adept in what skill, according to Milosz?
(a) Imitating.
(b) Persuading.
(c) Acting.
(d) Reasoning.

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

8. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?
(a) Ethical Ketman.
(b) Aesthetic Ketman.
(c) The Ketman of revolutionary purity.
(d) Professional Ketman.

9. After the war, how was Alpha was received by Polish communists?
(a) With hostility.
(b) Skeptically.
(c) On the condition he write what they wanted.
(d) With open arms.

10. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?
(a) The inexplicable nature of his choices.
(b) The ability of the state to imitate the pieces he likes.
(c) The ability of the state to predict his choices.
(d) The fickleness of his choices.

11. Chapter 2 opens with the picture of the Eastern communists looking to the West with what emotion/s?
(a) Anger and confusion.
(b) A mixture of hope and despair.
(c) Unabashed hope.
(d) Disillusionment.

12. 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) Sadness for the loss of their autonomy.
(c) That they've been caught in a trap like mice.
(d) That they've been lied to about the government.

13. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?
(a) For the marching soldiers.
(b) Exactly what the state tells him.
(c) As himself.
(d) As an ideal citizen.

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

15. When did Alpha became a more religious writer?
(a) When he became more fully involved in the church.
(b) When he scoffed all Catholic writers.
(c) When he turned his back on Christianity.
(d) When he supported the underground Catholic church.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Metaphysical Ketman treat man's mind?

2. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?

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

4. How do the Multi-Bing pills change a man?

5. How did Alpha fall into falseness?

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