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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. As explained in Chapter 2, the party considers _________ one of the highest virtues.
(a) Compliance.
(b) Informing.
(c) Silence.
(d) Restraint.

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

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

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

6. By standards of the East, as compared to the West, how is anyone with talent treated?
(a) He is put to full use.
(b) He is ignored.
(c) He is rejected by the State.
(d) He is allowed to go his own way.

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

8. Fifty years of re-education within the party can change entire nations so that they become what?
(a) Docile and obedient.
(b) Fearful.
(c) Utterly subservient.
(d) Sly and vicious.

9. 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.

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

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

12. Russian engineers and doctors ________ Western innovations.
(a) Copy.
(b) Sell.
(c) Ignore.
(d) Anticipate.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to several examples from Eastern history, how is Ketman a way of living?

2. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?

3. In Witkeiwicz's novel, if man is attuned to the absurd, what does he see?

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

5. When a man looks to the West, why does he not have clear insight?

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