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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?
2. Milosz says that an individual has no more significance to the muse of history than what object?
3. Multi-Bing pills establish ________ foundations rather than _________ .
4. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?
5. According to several examples from Eastern history, how is Ketman a way of living?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is "the lesson of the Baltics"?
2. Why, in the end, could Alpha make only one decision about joining the party?
3. How does national Ketman satisfy, as much as possible, the nationalist leanings in a man? Why is this an important Ketman?
4. How did Beta's circumstances lead him to a poetry that constantly moved? Why was it restless?
5. How are the peasants, in several ways, the most helpless class of people?
6. Under communist rule, education is from a strictly materialistic view. Why is this necessary to maintain proper thought among the citizens?
7. How does the party's definition of a reactionary reduce him to a comic level?
8. As the new way comes into power, it cannot eradicate the old way all at once. Why not?
9. Beta saw life only in terms of society rather than in terms of individual man. How was this his downfall?
10. Although only a couple presses were kept intact, in order to print Nazi propaganda, the underground writing flourished. Why?
Essay Topic 1
Several people in The Captive Mind believe that life without religion, philosophy, and art is not worth living. Is this true? Are there necessary things which this list does not include or, conversely, is the list too long? Be sure to define the terms clearly (e.g., is art a painting hung on the wall, or is it the beauty found throughout the world?)
Essay Topic 2
Through Party propaganda and education, communism suppresses man's ability to think for himself. How do the people presented in The Captive Mind either fight or accept this suppression? Consider only the main subjects of the book, including their writing for the underground or for the party.
Essay Topic 3
Prompted by Lieutenant Zbyszek's sign in the wilderness of bombed Warsaw, Alpha and Milosz reflect on the man who wrote it. What is Milosz's response, emotionally and mentally, to the sign? Using other examples from the book (e.g., the Jewish girl shot in the street or Delta's life), explain what Milosz presents about the permanence of an individual life.
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