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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. Which Ketman asserts that men do not know how to rule themselves or properly distribute goods?
(a) Sceptical Ketman.
(b) The Ketman of revolutionary purity.
(c) Metaphysical Ketman.
(d) Ethical Ketman.

2. When did Alpha became a more religious writer?
(a) When he supported the underground Catholic church.
(b) When he turned his back on Christianity.
(c) When he scoffed all Catholic writers.
(d) When he became more fully involved in the church.

3. Milosz asserts that the man of the New Faith has the greatest fear of what action?
(a) Thinking for others.
(b) Thinking for himself.
(c) Losing the capability to reason.
(d) Acting based on others' decisions.

4. How does Metaphysical Ketman treat man's mind?
(a) He loses the need for metaphysical answers.
(b) He thinks in terms of the present.
(c) He thinks rationally and materialistically.
(d) He thinks religiously.

5. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?
(a) Lithuanian.
(b) Czechoslovakian.
(c) Polish.
(d) Russian.

Short Answer Questions

1. Cosmopolitanism, as defined by communism, is what thought?

2. How does the Eastern communist regard everything from the West?

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

4. Milosz compares the American law system to what image?

5. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the Nazis invaded Warsaw, every man quickly changed his view of the world. Rather than reporting a corpse lying in the gutter, he passes quietly on. What does this say about man's state of mind then?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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