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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 a communist country, what is perhaps the best way to ensure one's safety?
(a) To keep one's opinions quiet.
(b) To become known as a spy.
(c) To loudly proclaim Russia's pre-eminence.
(d) To join with like-minded people.

2. Defining good and evil outside of party interests is what type of Ketman?
(a) Ethical Ketman.
(b) Metaphysical Ketman.
(c) Sceptical Ketman.
(d) Aesthetic Ketman.

3. According to Witkiewicz, what role does religion play in modern society?
(a) Actively involved.
(b) Slowly dying but still forceful.
(c) None at all.
(d) Remains only as part of the fading tradition.

4. Milosz says that an individual has no more significance to the muse of history than what object?
(a) A cog in a machine.
(b) An atom in space.
(c) A weed in a field.
(d) An instrument in an orchestra.

5. How does the Eastern communist regard everything from the West?
(a) With loud enthusiasm.
(b) With antipathy.
(c) With strong criticism.
(d) With deep confusion.

Short Answer Questions

1. When a man looks to the West, why does he not have clear insight?

2. How does Metaphysical Ketman treat man's mind?

3. In Witkeiwicz's novel, if man is attuned to the absurd, what does he see?

4. After the war, how was Alpha was received by Polish communists?

5. Fifty years of re-education within the party can change entire nations so that they become what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. "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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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