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

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

3. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?
(a) He thought it was best for his family.
(b) He had no other choice.
(c) The party threatened his life.
(d) He was tricked into it.

4. Milosz compares the American law system to what image?
(a) A man alone on a log raft.
(b) A man drowning at sea.
(c) People in a raft paddling different directions.
(d) A powerful ship.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The "accidental unmaskings of Ketman," Chapter 3, are called _________ .

2. What phrase occurs often throughout Chapter 2?

3. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?

4. In the eyes of the besieged Pole, what is the only poetry that will last?

5. Why did the new communist government have a difficult time in Poland after World War II?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Red Army had no reason to help Warsaw in its battle against the Nazis. Why was this true, and how did it set the stage for the new communist government?

2. How does Alpha's hunger for purity and strong heroic characters prepare the way for the New Faith? Could he have gone any other way?

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

5. Why does the Eastern communist often call the West stupid?

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

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

8. What is historic fatalism and how does it affect even a man's most personal interactions?

9. What is the difference between Eastern and Western Communists?

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

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