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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) His own life is worthless.
(d) People's individual lives are meaningless.

2. In a communist country, what is perhaps the best way to ensure one's safety?
(a) To become known as a spy.
(b) To join with like-minded people.
(c) To loudly proclaim Russia's pre-eminence.
(d) To keep one's opinions quiet.

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

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

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

6. Defining good and evil outside of party interests is what type of Ketman?
(a) Metaphysical Ketman.
(b) Aesthetic Ketman.
(c) Ethical Ketman.
(d) Sceptical Ketman.

7. What do the Party dialecticians assert about art?
(a) Individual art outside the party lines has no lasting value.
(b) The state only slightly moderates art.
(c) Individual art has intrinsic value.
(d) Poets may write what content they choose as long as it follows the same form.

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

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

10. 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.

11. 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.

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

13. 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.

14. In Milosz's experience, how does a man change under communist rule?
(a) He gains new habits quickly and asks no questions.
(b) He asks questions so he can understand the new government.
(c) He sees the new rule as unnatural.
(d) He gains new habits slowly and painfully.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Fifty years of re-education within the party can change entire nations so that they become what?

2. Aesthetic Ketman spreads because the citizens crave what aspect of daily life?

3. Milosz asserts that the man of the New Faith has the greatest fear of what action?

4. How did Alpha fall into falseness?

5. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?

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