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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. Those who assert that their work is most important, rather than the ends and benefactors of the work, are following which Ketman?
(a) Professional Ketman.
(b) Aesthetic Ketman
(c) Ethical Ketman.
(d) Sceptical Ketman

2. Peasants, in Milosz's understanding, assert what about their lives?
(a) Communism is their only salvation.
(b) Feudalism is their only salvation.
(c) They are perfectly happy with their lives.
(d) Change must come.

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

4. Milosz ends Chapter I with the question:
(a) What else could man ask for?
(b) How long until man accepts the party?
(c) How long must communism continue?
(d) What the devil does a man need?

5. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?
(a) The fickleness of his choices.
(b) The ability of the state to predict his choices.
(c) The ability of the state to imitate the pieces he likes.
(d) The inexplicable nature of his choices.

Short Answer Questions

1. Milosz's book The Captive Mind deals with what subject?

2. Milosz asserts that the man of the New Faith has the greatest fear of what action?

3. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?

4. Cosmopolitanism, as defined by communism, is what thought?

5. When the Red Army came into Poland in 1945, how were writers treated?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Why does aesthetic Ketman flourish, when nothing of the sort is necessary in other countries?

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

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

7. The East uses talented artists to their full ability, yet sometimes with mediocre results. Why does this happen?

8. "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?

9. How does Alpha's hunger for purity and strong heroic characters prepare the way for the New Faith? Could he have gone any other way?

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

(see the answer keys)

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