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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. The atmosphere in a collective society is one of what?
(a) Usefulness and action.
(b) Solidarity and happiness.
(c) Strength and unhappiness.
(d) Harmony and action.

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

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

4. How does the Eastern communist regard everything from the West?
(a) With antipathy.
(b) With loud enthusiasm.
(c) With strong criticism.
(d) With deep confusion.

5. Milosz compares the Method to what animal?
(a) An ox, strong enough to bear the weight of reality.
(b) A fox, wily enough to deceive those who are skeptical.
(c) A powerful bird whose wing is broken.
(d) A snake, for which the tail begins at any point.

Short Answer Questions

1. Aesthetic Ketman spreads because the citizens crave what aspect of daily life?

2. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?

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

4. According to Milosz, nations which have recently come under communist rule feel excitement at first, and then feel what emotion?

5. In order to kept his apartment and good political standing, the man practicing aesthetic Ketman is willing to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Milosz states that the goals of the workers are far different from those of the state. How is this so?

3. 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?

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

5. Why, in the end, could Alpha make only one decision about joining the party?

6. 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?

7. Why does Milosz go to such pains to describe Gamma, when the other writers found in his book are given only a few sentences of description?

8. Why does aesthetic Ketman flourish, when nothing of the sort is necessary in other countries?

9. Under communist rule, education is from a strictly materialistic view. Why is this necessary to maintain proper thought among the citizens?

10. Although human interaction is often characterized by some degree of acting, how do Eastern communists take this to an extreme? How does this affect them?

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