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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 says that both the old way of life and war-time values are natural if what happens?
(a) They are within a person's experience.
(b) The government prepares for them.
(c) The church sanctions them.
(d) They come without warning.

2. In the mid-twentieth century, many European nations realized that they could be directly influenced by what force?
(a) Communism.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) New rulers.
(d) Capitalism.

3. Why does the state take advantage of professional Ketman?
(a) The problem is minimal.
(b) It exploits the workers.
(c) It has other, more pressing concerns.
(d) It needs doctors and engineers.

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

5. Milosz admits that he has great admiration for what people or force?
(a) The philosophers who prepare the way for change.
(b) The impersonal forces of history.
(c) The people who bring about change.
(d) The people who fight evil.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what city did Alpha the Moralist live?

2. Why, as Chapter 2 explains, do Eastern communists look to the West?

3. The atmosphere in a collective society is one of what?

4. American politics regarded Russia's invasion of Eastern countries with what emotion?

5. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, according to party policy, can there be no contradictions in the minds of Soviet citizens?

2. The pill takes away man's metaphysical concerns--why is this significant?

3. 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?

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

5. How does Alpha's hunger for purity and strong heroic characters prepare the way for the New Faith? Could he have gone any other way?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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