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

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

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

4. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?
(a) The party threatened his life.
(b) He had no other choice.
(c) He was tricked into it.
(d) He thought it was best for his family.

5. Cosmopolitanism, as defined by communism, is what thought?
(a) Admiration for all cultures.
(b) Admiration for the Western bourgeois cultures.
(c) Admiration for all countries in the communist bloc.
(d) Fear of the Western bourgeois cultures.

Short Answer Questions

1. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?

2. Harboring contempt for Russia is what type of Ketman?

3. In the 1940s, once they were freed of the past, how did the Eastern countries think?

4. Why does the state take advantage of professional Ketman?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Although only a couple presses were kept intact, in order to print Nazi propaganda, the underground writing flourished. Why?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. The Red Army had no reason to help Warsaw in its battle against the Nazis. Why was this true, and how did it set the stage for the new communist government?

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

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