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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 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?
(a) Insatiability.
(b) Insecurity.
(c) Instability.
(d) Incongruity.

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

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

4. 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 fickleness of his choices.
(c) The ability of the state to predict his choices.
(d) The ability of the state to imitate the pieces he likes.

5. Alpha became a moral authority, as he had dreamed, because of his work in what place?
(a) In the underground, smuggling food.
(b) In the underground, writing and publishing.
(c) In the underground, smuggling Jews to safety.
(d) In the Communist Party, writing and publishing.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?

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

4. Dialectical materialism appeals to the Eastern man because it is, in Milosz's term, what?

5. Fifty years of re-education within the party can change entire nations so that they become what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does man find such joy in the "collective warmth" of which Milosz speaks?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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