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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 the 1940s, once they were freed of the past, how did the Eastern countries think?
(a) They regretted their choice.
(b) They modified capitalism to fit their needs.
(c) They had no choice but the New Faith.
(d) They returned to a feudalist system.

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

3. American politics regarded Russia's invasion of Eastern countries with what emotion?
(a) Apathy.
(b) Anger.
(c) Fear.
(d) Scorn.

4. According to the center, contradictions ___________ in the minds of its citizens.
(a) Are allowed to remain.
(b) Are stamped out immediately.
(c) Do not exist.
(d) Are taught according to policy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Witkiewicz's novel, the characters ultimately become:

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

3. Multi-Bing pills establish ________ foundations rather than _________ .

4. Harboring contempt for Russia is what type of Ketman?

5. Chapter 2 notes that though it is good to be free from something, how does freedom become better?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Is Ketman necessary to the citizen of the New Faith? Why?

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

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

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