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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The most difficult thing for a man of the New Faith to conquer, according to Milosz, is his feeling of what?
(a) Trepidation.
(b) Elation.
(c) Guilt.
(d) Suspicion.

2. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?
(a) A Polish man with strong nationalistic feeling.
(b) A town devoted to the New Faith.
(c) A man of the New Faith.
(d) Several people of the New Faith.

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

4. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?
(a) They destroyed the printing presses and offices.
(b) They took over the presses to print large volumes of propaganda.
(c) Printing continued as normal.
(d) Almost nothing was printed in that country's language.

5. The Ketman of revolutionary purity holds that a tyrant's reign may be justified in what circumstances?
(a) For a brief period of time.
(b) If he cannot be deposed.
(c) If he brings the nation out of its troubles.
(d) In extreme historical circumstances.

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

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

8. The Multi-Bing pills are most tempting to what type of person?
(a) An intellectual.
(b) A peasant.
(c) A merchant.
(d) A worker.

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

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

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

12. Dialectical materialism appeals to the Eastern man because it is, in Milosz's term, what?
(a) Timely.
(b) Heavenly.
(c) Earthy.
(d) Mathematical.

13. How does the Eastern communist regard everything from the West?
(a) With loud enthusiasm.
(b) With deep confusion.
(c) With strong criticism.
(d) With antipathy.

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

15. The purpose of Chapter 2 is to compare and contrast what two groups?
(a) Eastern and Western communists.
(b) Eastern Europe with Eastern Asia.
(c) Communists and capitalists.
(d) Communists and fascists.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Milosz's experience, how does the East view everything from the West?

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

4. Milosz explains that people who enter into the state feel what emotion?

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

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