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

2. 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.

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

4. Chapter 2 opens with the picture of the Eastern communists looking to the West with what emotion/s?
(a) Unabashed hope.
(b) A mixture of hope and despair.
(c) Disillusionment.
(d) Anger and confusion.

5. The Ketman of revolutionary purity holds that a tyrant's reign may be justified in what circumstances?
(a) In extreme historical circumstances.
(b) For a brief period of time.
(c) If he cannot be deposed.
(d) If he brings the nation out of its troubles.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the eyes of the besieged Pole, what is the only poetry that will last?

2. How prevalent is National Ketman?

3. Alpha became a moral authority, as he had dreamed, because of his work in what place?

4. What do the Party dialecticians assert about art?

5. Milosz admits that he has great admiration for what people or force?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. When the Nazis invaded Warsaw, every man quickly changed his view of the world. Rather than reporting a corpse lying in the gutter, he passes quietly on. What does this say about man's state of mind then?

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

10. 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?

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