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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. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?
(a) Incongruity.
(b) Insecurity.
(c) Insatiability.
(d) Instability.

2. Witkiewicz thought art and philosophy were living out their last days, and how did he see their end?
(a) He tried to slow their decay.
(b) He tried to speed their demise.
(c) He couldn't wait until they were gone.
(d) He found life without them unbearable.

3. Peasants, in Milosz's understanding, assert what about their lives?
(a) Communism is their only salvation.
(b) They are perfectly happy with their lives.
(c) Change must come.
(d) Feudalism is their only salvation.

4. As explained in Chapter 1, if a man asks the questions to which the absurd leads him, he reaches what emotional state?
(a) Hatred of the proletariat.
(b) Despair for society.
(c) Hatred of the bourgeois.
(d) Hatred of himself.

5. In the eyes of the besieged Pole, what is the only poetry that will last?
(a) Poetry that is most amusing.
(b) Poetry that has most affected the writer.
(c) Poetry that is most vivid to the reader.
(d) Poetry that is unquestionably real.

Short Answer Questions

1. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?

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

3. Milosz illustrates Ketman with the example of what person?

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

5. In what city did Alpha the Moralist live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. "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?

8. The East uses talented artists to their full ability, yet sometimes with mediocre results. Why does this happen?

9. .How did Alpha become a more religious writer when he turned away from Christianity?

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

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