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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When a man looks to the West, why does he not have clear insight?
(a) His emotions interfere.
(b) Life in the East has drastically shaped his view.
(c) The party center obscures the truth.
(d) He cannot be realistic.

2. According to Milosz, nations which have recently come under communist rule feel excitement at first, and then feel what emotion?
(a) Sadness for the loss of their autonomy.
(b) That they've been lied to about the government.
(c) That they've been caught in a trap like mice.
(d) Trepidation for their unknown future.

3. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?
(a) The Ketman of revolutionary purity.
(b) Ethical Ketman.
(c) Aesthetic Ketman.
(d) Professional Ketman.

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

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

6. In the 1940s, once they were freed of the past, how did the Eastern countries think?
(a) They regretted their choice.
(b) They returned to a feudalist system.
(c) They modified capitalism to fit their needs.
(d) They had no choice but the New Faith.

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

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

9. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?
(a) Salvation for mankind.
(b) Futuristic societies.
(c) Decay in industrial abilities.
(d) Decay in society.

10. Milosz illustrates Ketman with the example of what person?
(a) An average housewife.
(b) A Shiite theologian.
(c) A communist.
(d) A Muslim.

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

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

13. What event did Alpha and Milosz narrowly miss one day as they were returning from the train station?
(a) Being run over by a truck full of Jews bound for Auschwitz.
(b) Being captured in the first man-hunt for Auschwitz.
(c) The outbreak of a street fight.
(d) Being searched by Nazi squads.

14. In Milosz's experience, how does the East view everything from the West?
(a) Evil.
(b) Good.
(c) Unnecessary
(d) Pure.

15. The atmosphere in a collective society is one of what?
(a) Solidarity and happiness.
(b) Harmony and action.
(c) Strength and unhappiness.
(d) Usefulness and action.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 4, who is Alpha, the Moralist?

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

4. When the Red Army came into Poland in 1945, how were writers treated?

5. Milosz compares the American law system to what image?

(see the answer keys)

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