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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Metaphysical Ketman treat man's mind?
(a) He thinks religiously.
(b) He thinks in terms of the present.
(c) He loses the need for metaphysical answers.
(d) He thinks rationally and materialistically.

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

3. 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) They were unprepared for the hardship.
(c) The modes of transportation were insufficient.
(d) Moscow had sent too few leaders.

4. Cosmopolitanism, as defined by communism, is what thought?
(a) Admiration for all cultures.
(b) Admiration for the Western bourgeois cultures.
(c) Fear of the Western bourgeois cultures.
(d) Admiration for all countries in the communist bloc.

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

6. Peasants, in Milosz's understanding, assert what about their lives?
(a) Feudalism is their only salvation.
(b) They are perfectly happy with their lives.
(c) Communism is their only salvation.
(d) Change must come.

7. Milosz explains that people who enter into the state feel what emotion?
(a) Some hesitation because of their personal property.
(b) That there is no other hope of salvation.
(c) Complete joy.
(d) Some hesitation because of their children.

8. 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 man of the New Faith.
(c) Several people of the New Faith.
(d) A town devoted to the New Faith.

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

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

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

12. Walking in the ruined city in 1945, what emotion did Alpha feel primarily?
(a) Despair.
(b) Sadness.
(c) Confusion.
(d) Anger.

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

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

15. When the Red Army came into Poland in 1945, how were writers treated?
(a) Killed, to show how communism treats individual thinking.
(b) Encouraged, in order to show communism's support of the cultural elite.
(c) Promoted according to their communist sympathies.
(d) Left alone as long as they didn't print anti-communist material.

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

3. Why does the state take advantage of professional Ketman?

4. Milosz illustrates Ketman with the example of what person?

5. In order to kept his apartment and good political standing, the man practicing aesthetic Ketman is willing to do what?

(see the answer keys)

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