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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. What do the Party dialecticians assert about art?
(a) Individual art has intrinsic value.
(b) The state only slightly moderates art.
(c) Poets may write what content they choose as long as it follows the same form.
(d) Individual art outside the party lines has no lasting value.

2. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?
(a) Printing continued as normal.
(b) They destroyed the printing presses and offices.
(c) Almost nothing was printed in that country's language.
(d) They took over the presses to print large volumes of propaganda.

3. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?
(a) Professional Ketman.
(b) Ethical Ketman.
(c) The Ketman of revolutionary purity.
(d) Aesthetic Ketman.

4. Within communist countries, it is not important what a man says but:
(a) What he wanted to say.
(b) How he says it.
(c) How it is received.
(d) Who hears him.

5. Cosmopolitanism, as defined by communism, is what thought?
(a) Admiration for all cultures.
(b) Fear of the Western bourgeois cultures.
(c) Admiration for the Western bourgeois cultures.
(d) Admiration for all countries in the communist bloc.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the inhabitants of communist countries appear?

2. In Witkiewicz's novel, the characters ultimately become:

3. Art and literature of the party prove to the intellectual that what is true about the world?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "the lesson of the Baltics"?

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

3. Delta, in wandering the roads in France, met people from many different nations. How did this universal migration prepare the way even more for communist rule?

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

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

6. If the Eastern communist knows that what he writes is a lie, why does he write it? Is there any value in what he writes?

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

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

9. What is the difference between Eastern and Western Communists?

10. Why does Milosz go to such pains to describe Gamma, when the other writers found in his book are given only a few sentences of description?

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