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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. Alpha's pursuit of purity in his work was driven largely by what characteristic?
(a) Sense of personal purity.
(b) Personal arrogance.
(c) Jaded view of the world.
(d) Devotion to the church.

2. The Ketman of revolutionary purity holds that a tyrant's reign may be justified in what circumstances?
(a) In extreme historical circumstances.
(b) If he brings the nation out of its troubles.
(c) For a brief period of time.
(d) If he cannot be deposed.

3. 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.

4. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?
(a) Decay in society.
(b) Salvation for mankind.
(c) Futuristic societies.
(d) Decay in industrial abilities.

5. Those who assert that their work is most important, rather than the ends and benefactors of the work, are following which Ketman?
(a) Sceptical Ketman
(b) Professional Ketman.
(c) Aesthetic Ketman
(d) Ethical Ketman.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Witkeiwicz's novel, if man is attuned to the absurd, what does he see?

3. American politics regarded Russia's invasion of Eastern countries with what emotion?

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

5. Why did Alpha eventually become a communist?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Why, according to party policy, can there be no contradictions in the minds of Soviet citizens?

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

7. Although only a couple presses were kept intact, in order to print Nazi propaganda, the underground writing flourished. Why?

8. 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?

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

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

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