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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. Witkiewicz thought art and philosophy were living out their last days, and how did he see their end?
(a) He found life without them unbearable.
(b) He tried to speed their demise.
(c) He couldn't wait until they were gone.
(d) He tried to slow their decay.

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

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

4. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?
(a) Salvation for mankind.
(b) Decay in industrial abilities.
(c) Decay in society.
(d) Futuristic societies.

5. Russian engineers and doctors ________ Western innovations.
(a) Anticipate.
(b) Copy.
(c) Ignore.
(d) Sell.

Short Answer Questions

1. Milosz compares the American law system to what image?

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

3. What event did Alpha and Milosz narrowly miss one day as they were returning from the train station?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Beta's anger toward mankind became directed toward a fear of self-deception. How did this happen?

5. Why is Gamma called "the slave of history"? Whose interests does he serve?

6. Communism seeks to create a "free man." How is this definition different from what is expected? Is this new man truly free?

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

8. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?

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

10. As the new way comes into power, it cannot eradicate the old way all at once. Why not?

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