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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. In the mid-twentieth century, many European nations realized that they could be directly influenced by what force?
(a) Communism.
(b) Capitalism.
(c) New rulers.
(d) Philosophy.

2. How did Alpha fall into falseness?
(a) By living among the wrong people.
(b) By living arrogantly.
(c) By completely isolating himself.
(d) By living among ideas of people.

3. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?
(a) Polish.
(b) Lithuanian.
(c) Czechoslovakian.
(d) Russian.

4. In order to kept his apartment and good political standing, the man practicing aesthetic Ketman is willing to do what?
(a) Promote the party's interests at all costs.
(b) Make only the necessary sacrifices.
(c) Make any sacrifice or compromise.
(d) Give up his first-born child.

5. Within communist countries, it is not important what a man says but:
(a) Who hears him.
(b) How it is received.
(c) How he says it.
(d) What he wanted to say.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Witkiewicz's novel, the characters ultimately become:

2. Russian engineers and doctors ________ Western innovations.

3. The "accidental unmaskings of Ketman," Chapter 3, are called _________ .

4. Multi-Bing pills establish ________ foundations rather than _________ .

5. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?

Short Essay Questions

1. Several times, Milosz describes bombed Warsaw as the cratered moon. How is this significant?

2. .How did Alpha become a more religious writer when he turned away from Christianity?

3. "If something exists in one place, it will exist everywhere" (pg. 29). Why does the man in destroyed Warsaw believe this, and how does it affect his spirit?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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