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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In what city did Alpha the Moralist live?
(a) Warsaw.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Marek.
(d) Vilna.

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

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

6. In order to kept his apartment and good political standing, the man practicing aesthetic Ketman is willing to do what?
(a) Give up his first-born child.
(b) Make any sacrifice or compromise.
(c) Make only the necessary sacrifices.
(d) Promote the party's interests at all costs.

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

8. Milosz's book The Captive Mind deals with what subject?
(a) What he experienced living in Poland.
(b) What he heard about after living in the United States.
(c) Society some time in the future.
(d) Fictional characters.

9. Multi-Bing pills establish ________ foundations rather than _________ .
(a) Materialistic, aesthetic.
(b) Philosophical, scientific.
(c) Scientific, religious.
(d) Aesthetic, religious.

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

11. 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, a good friend of Milosz.
(d) A well-known prose writer not personally known to Milosz.

12. 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) Several people of the New Faith.
(d) A man of the New Faith.

13. According to Chapter 4, as the Polish uprising fought the Nazis for control of Warsaw, what did the Red Army do?
(a) Sided with the Nazis.
(b) Waited in Moscow.
(c) Watched from across the river.
(d) Sent troops to help.

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

15. Milosz says that an individual has no more significance to the muse of history than what object?
(a) An atom in space.
(b) A cog in a machine.
(c) A weed in a field.
(d) An instrument in an orchestra.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event did Alpha and Milosz narrowly miss one day as they were returning from the train station?

2. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?

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

4. The "accidental unmaskings of Ketman," Chapter 3, are called _________ .

5. The Multi-Bing pills are most tempting to what type of person?

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