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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. Milosz explains that people who enter into the state feel what emotion?
(a) Complete joy.
(b) Some hesitation because of their children.
(c) That there is no other hope of salvation.
(d) Some hesitation because of their personal property.

2. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?
(a) A man of the New Faith.
(b) Several people of the New Faith.
(c) A town devoted to the New Faith.
(d) A Polish man with strong nationalistic feeling.

3. What event did Alpha and Milosz narrowly miss one day as they were returning from the train station?
(a) Being run over by a truck full of Jews bound for Auschwitz.
(b) The outbreak of a street fight.
(c) Being captured in the first man-hunt for Auschwitz.
(d) Being searched by Nazi squads.

4. In the 1940s, once they were freed of the past, how did the Eastern countries think?
(a) They regretted their choice.
(b) They returned to a feudalist system.
(c) They modified capitalism to fit their needs.
(d) They had no choice but the New Faith.

5. As explained in Chapter 1, if a man asks the questions to which the absurd leads him, he reaches what emotional state?
(a) Hatred of the proletariat.
(b) Despair for society.
(c) Hatred of the bourgeois.
(d) Hatred of himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. Within communist countries, it is not important what a man says but:

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

3. The people who practice metaphysical Ketman are often former ____________ .

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. How does Ketman create pride in the man who practices it?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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