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

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

3. The Ketman of revolutionary purity holds that a tyrant's reign may be justified in what circumstances?
(a) In extreme historical circumstances.
(b) For a brief period of time.
(c) If he cannot be deposed.
(d) If he brings the nation out of its troubles.

4. Alpha's response to the Nazis' violent anti-Semitism was what emotion?
(a) Quiet approval.
(b) Indifference.
(c) Support.
(d) Outrage.

5. 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) The government prepares for them.
(c) They come without warning.
(d) The church sanctions them.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alpha became a moral authority, as he had dreamed, because of his work in what place?

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

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

4. The people who practice metaphysical Ketman are often former ____________ .

5. In a communist country, what is perhaps the best way to ensure one's safety?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. From several references to Tito throughout Chapters 2 and 3, what can the reader infer about him? What does the center gain by making an example of him?

4. Why does the man entering the gate of communism feel that he is doing something wrong?

5. If an artist disagrees with the dialectical method, he debates the question with a panel of Party authorities and always, undoubtedly loses. Why is this so?

6. Why is cosmopolitanism linked to nationalist concerns? What does the center gain by connecting these?

7. Why, according to party policy, can there be no contradictions in the minds of Soviet citizens?

8. How does national Ketman satisfy, as much as possible, the nationalist leanings in a man? Why is this an important Ketman?

9. The pill takes away man's metaphysical concerns--why is this significant?

10. How does Alpha's hunger for purity and strong heroic characters prepare the way for the New Faith? Could he have gone any other way?

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