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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 eyes of the besieged Pole, what is the only poetry that will last?
(a) Poetry that is most amusing.
(b) Poetry that is unquestionably real.
(c) Poetry that has most affected the writer.
(d) Poetry that is most vivid to the reader.

2. The people who practice metaphysical Ketman are often former ____________ .
(a) Humanists.
(b) Communists.
(c) Philosophers.
(d) Catholics.

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

4. Fifty years of re-education within the party can change entire nations so that they become what?
(a) Docile and obedient.
(b) Sly and vicious.
(c) Fearful.
(d) Utterly subservient.

5. Art and literature of the party prove to the intellectual that what is true about the world?
(a) Things cannot be different than they are.
(b) Only the party can change things.
(c) Things can be different if he works hard enough.
(d) Only Western influence can change things.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?

3. In order to kept his apartment and good political standing, the man practicing aesthetic Ketman is willing to do what?

4. How do the inhabitants of communist countries appear?

5. When a man looks to the West, why does he not have clear insight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. "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?

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