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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. Why does the state take advantage of professional Ketman?
(a) It exploits the workers.
(b) The problem is minimal.
(c) It has other, more pressing concerns.
(d) It needs doctors and engineers.

2. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?
(a) The ability of the state to imitate the pieces he likes.
(b) The ability of the state to predict his choices.
(c) The fickleness of his choices.
(d) The inexplicable nature of his choices.

3. Aesthetic Ketman spreads because the citizens crave what aspect of daily life?
(a) Strangeness.
(b) Superficiality.
(c) Sameness.
(d) Similarity.

4. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?
(a) A man of the New Faith.
(b) A Polish man with strong nationalistic feeling.
(c) Several people of the New Faith.
(d) A town devoted to the New Faith.

5. Walking in the ruined city in 1945, what emotion did Alpha feel primarily?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Anger.
(c) Despair.
(d) Sadness.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the Red Army came into Poland in 1945, how were writers treated?

2. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?

3. Milosz's book The Captive Mind deals with what subject?

4. What event did Alpha and Milosz narrowly miss one day as they were returning from the train station?

5. The purpose of Chapter 2 is to compare and contrast what two groups?

Short Essay Questions

1. Using Milosz's example, is it possible to know that the doctor we're dealing with is a good doctor? In other words, are we able to evaluate a situation as it's happening, or are we doomed to look through the eyes of history?

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

4. How could Delta, who was not racist, write such violently anti-Semitic material?

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

6. Eventually Delta's poems became something of a dream, unreal. How was this inevitable?

7. 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?

8. How were Beta's stories a fitting insight into his nihilist worldview?

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

10. Milosz opens Chapter VI with a description of Vilna as it existed during his childhood. Is this simply to introduce Gamma or is there another reason?

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