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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. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?
(a) For the marching soldiers.
(b) Exactly what the state tells him.
(c) As himself.
(d) As an ideal citizen.

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

3. Milosz illustrates Ketman with the example of what person?
(a) An average housewife.
(b) A communist.
(c) A Muslim.
(d) A Shiite theologian.

4. Harboring contempt for Russia is what type of Ketman?
(a) Professional Ketman.
(b) Ethical Ketman.
(c) National Ketman.
(d) Sceptical Ketman.

5. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?
(a) Russian.
(b) Lithuanian.
(c) Polish.
(d) Czechoslovakian.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Milosz's experience, how does a man change under communist rule?

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

3. What school of thought gave Alpha the tragic language he needed?

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

5. When the Red Army came into Poland in 1945, how were writers treated?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. "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?

6. Several times, Milosz describes bombed Warsaw as the cratered moon. How is this significant?

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

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

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

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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