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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 Milosz's experience, how does the East view everything from the West?
(a) Evil.
(b) Unnecessary
(c) Pure.
(d) Good.

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 slow their decay.
(c) He found life without them unbearable.
(d) He tried to speed their demise.

3. As explained in Chapter 2, the party considers _________ one of the highest virtues.
(a) Silence.
(b) Compliance.
(c) Informing.
(d) Restraint.

4. Why, as Chapter 2 explains, do Eastern communists look to the West?
(a) The New Faith cannot satisfy their spiritual needs.
(b) The New Faith cannot satisfy their emotional needs.
(c) They are curious.
(d) The New Faith allows it.

5. How prevalent is National Ketman?
(a) Limited to the people who have no power within the party.
(b) Limited to the upper circles of the party.
(c) Not of concern to the center.
(d) Widespread throughout communist society.

Short Answer Questions

1. The "accidental unmaskings of Ketman," Chapter 3, are called _________ .

2. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?

3. According to the center, contradictions ___________ in the minds of its citizens.

4. In the eyes of the besieged Pole, what is the only poetry that will last?

5. The atmosphere in a collective society is one of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the Ketman of revolutionary purity the most rare form of Ketman?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. .How did Alpha become a more religious writer when he turned away from Christianity?

9. Why is it important that man not only be free from something but also for something?

10. Why does man find such joy in the "collective warmth" of which Milosz speaks?

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