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

2. Milosz's book The Captive Mind deals with what subject?
(a) Society some time in the future.
(b) What he heard about after living in the United States.
(c) What he experienced living in Poland.
(d) Fictional characters.

3. The Multi-Bing pills are most tempting to what type of person?
(a) A peasant.
(b) A merchant.
(c) An intellectual.
(d) A worker.

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

5. Art and literature of the party prove to the intellectual that what is true about the world?
(a) Things can be different if he works hard enough.
(b) Only the party can change things.
(c) Only Western influence can change things.
(d) Things cannot be different than they are.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. From several references to Tito throughout Chapters 2 and 3, what can the reader infer about him? What does the center gain by making an example of him?

2. 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?

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

4. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?

5. Milosz calls Beta's reaction to the concentration camp life sadistic. How is this true?

6. How did Beta's circumstances lead him to a poetry that constantly moved? Why was it restless?

7. How are the peasants, in several ways, the most helpless class of people?

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

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

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

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