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

2. What phrase occurs often throughout Chapter 2?
(a) The horrific West.
(b) The venerable West.
(c) The decadent West.
(d) The cosmopolitan West.

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

4. The people who practice metaphysical Ketman are often former ____________ .
(a) Communists.
(b) Catholics.
(c) Humanists.
(d) Philosophers.

5. According to several examples from Eastern history, how is Ketman a way of living?
(a) Flaunting heresy.
(b) Remaining completely obedient.
(c) Appearing obedient while exposing heresy in others.
(d) Appearing obedient while harboring heresy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Defining good and evil outside of party interests is what type of Ketman?

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

3. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?

4. In the mid-twentieth century, many European nations realized that they could be directly influenced by what force?

5. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. "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?

3. Although human interaction is often characterized by some degree of acting, how do Eastern communists take this to an extreme? How does this affect them?

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

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

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

7. How does national Ketman satisfy, as much as possible, the nationalist leanings in a man? Why is this an important Ketman?

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

9. 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?

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

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