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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. Walking in the ruined city in 1945, what emotion did Alpha feel primarily?
(a) Despair.
(b) Sadness.
(c) Confusion.
(d) Anger.

2. Why did the new communist government have a difficult time in Poland after World War II?
(a) They were unprepared for the hardship.
(b) Moscow had sent too few leaders.
(c) The citizens did not want them there.
(d) The modes of transportation were insufficient.

3. American politics regarded Russia's invasion of Eastern countries with what emotion?
(a) Fear.
(b) Scorn.
(c) Anger.
(d) Apathy.

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

5. Aesthetic Ketman spreads because the citizens crave what aspect of daily life?
(a) Strangeness.
(b) Superficiality.
(c) Sameness.
(d) Similarity.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter 2 notes that though it is good to be free from something, how does freedom become better?

2. Peasants, in Milosz's understanding, assert what about their lives?

3. In Milosz's experience, how does the East view everything from the West?

4. When Alpha and Milosz stumbled on a board with the painted words "Lieutenant Zbyszek's road of suffering," what did they meditate on?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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. Is Ketman necessary to the citizen of the New Faith? Why?

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

10. When the Nazis invaded Warsaw, every man quickly changed his view of the world. Rather than reporting a corpse lying in the gutter, he passes quietly on. What does this say about man's state of mind then?

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