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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Milosz asserts that the man of the New Faith has the greatest fear of what action?
(a) Thinking for himself.
(b) Thinking for others.
(c) Acting based on others' decisions.
(d) Losing the capability to reason.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The Ketman of revolutionary purity holds that a tyrant's reign may be justified in what circumstances?

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

3. Walking in the ruined city in 1945, what emotion did Alpha feel primarily?

4. Within communist countries, it is not important what a man says but:

5. Alpha's pursuit of purity in his work was driven largely by what characteristic?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it important that man not only be free from something but also for something?

2. Although human interaction is often characterized by some degree of acting, how do Eastern communists take this to an extreme? How does this affect them?

3. Why is the Ketman of revolutionary purity the most rare form of Ketman?

4. Although only a couple presses were kept intact, in order to print Nazi propaganda, the underground writing flourished. Why?

5. What advantages does the Center gain with the idea of "cosmopolitanism"?

6. What is communism's goal for the relationship between the present and the past?

7. As the new way comes into power, it cannot eradicate the old way all at once. Why not?

8. Why does man find such joy in the "collective warmth" of which Milosz speaks?

9. What is historic fatalism and how does it affect even a man's most personal interactions?

10. Why does the Eastern communist often call the West stupid?

(see the answer keys)

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