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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) In extreme historical circumstances.
(c) If he brings the nation out of its troubles.
(d) If he cannot be deposed.

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

3. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?
(a) He was tricked into it.
(b) He thought it was best for his family.
(c) The party threatened his life.
(d) He had no other choice.

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

5. How prevalent is National Ketman?
(a) Widespread throughout communist society.
(b) Not of concern to the center.
(c) Limited to the people who have no power within the party.
(d) Limited to the upper circles of the party.

6. What is the basis of dialectical materialism, in Milosz's understanding?
(a) History has condemned capitalism.
(b) Fascism paves the road for communism.
(c) History favors communism but allows capitalism to remain.
(d) History will again favor the bourgeois.

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

8. As explained in Chapter 1, if a man asks the questions to which the absurd leads him, he reaches what emotional state?
(a) Hatred of himself.
(b) Hatred of the proletariat.
(c) Hatred of the bourgeois.
(d) Despair for society.

9. Milosz ends Chapter I with the question:
(a) How long until man accepts the party?
(b) How long must communism continue?
(c) What else could man ask for?
(d) What the devil does a man need?

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

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

12. What school of thought gave Alpha the tragic language he needed?
(a) Capitalism.
(b) Catholicism.
(c) Fascism.
(d) Agnosticism.

13. Why does the state take advantage of professional Ketman?
(a) It needs doctors and engineers.
(b) It exploits the workers.
(c) The problem is minimal.
(d) It has other, more pressing concerns.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Witkiewicz, what role does religion play in modern society?

2. According to the center, contradictions ___________ in the minds of its citizens.

3. Why, as Chapter 2 explains, do Eastern communists look to the West?

4. As explained in Chapter 2, the party considers _________ one of the highest virtues.

5. Which Ketman asserts that men do not know how to rule themselves or properly distribute goods?

(see the answer keys)

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