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

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

3. What school of thought gave Alpha the tragic language he needed?
(a) Agnosticism.
(b) Catholicism.
(c) Capitalism.
(d) Fascism.

4. Which Ketman asserts that men do not know how to rule themselves or properly distribute goods?
(a) Sceptical Ketman.
(b) Ethical Ketman.
(c) The Ketman of revolutionary purity.
(d) Metaphysical Ketman.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the Eastern communist regard everything from the West?

2. As explained in Chapter 2, the party considers _________ one of the highest virtues.

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

4. As explained in Chapter 1, if a man asks the questions to which the absurd leads him, he reaches what emotional state?

5. According to Chapter 4, as the Polish uprising fought the Nazis for control of Warsaw, what did the Red Army do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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