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

2. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How do the Multi-Bing pills change a man?

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

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

5. In Witkeiwicz's novel, if man is attuned to the absurd, what does he see?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, in the end, could Alpha make only one decision about joining the party?

2. 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?

3. What is the difference between Eastern and Western Communists?

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

5. What significance is there in the fact that Murti-Bing comes in pill form?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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