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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Milosz admits that he has great admiration for what people or force?
(a) The people who bring about change.
(b) The philosophers who prepare the way for change.
(c) The people who fight evil.
(d) The impersonal forces of history.

2. Which Ketman asserts that men do not know how to rule themselves or properly distribute goods?
(a) Ethical Ketman.
(b) The Ketman of revolutionary purity.
(c) Metaphysical Ketman.
(d) Sceptical Ketman.

3. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?
(a) Insatiability.
(b) Instability.
(c) Insecurity.
(d) Incongruity.

4. In the 1940s, once they were freed of the past, how did the Eastern countries think?
(a) They returned to a feudalist system.
(b) They regretted their choice.
(c) They modified capitalism to fit their needs.
(d) They had no choice but the New Faith.

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

6. American politics regarded Russia's invasion of Eastern countries with what emotion?
(a) Anger.
(b) Scorn.
(c) Fear.
(d) Apathy.

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

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

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

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

11. Milosz ends Chapter I with the question:
(a) How long until man accepts the party?
(b) What else could man ask for?
(c) What the devil does a man need?
(d) How long must communism continue?

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

13. Milosz compares the Method to what animal?
(a) A powerful bird whose wing is broken.
(b) A fox, wily enough to deceive those who are skeptical.
(c) An ox, strong enough to bear the weight of reality.
(d) A snake, for which the tail begins at any point.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Those who assert that their work is most important, rather than the ends and benefactors of the work, are following which Ketman?

2. How did Alpha fall into falseness?

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

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

5. As explained in Chapter 1, if a man asks the questions to which the absurd leads him, he reaches what emotional state?

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