The Captive Mind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Chapter 2 opens with the picture of the Eastern communists looking to the West with what emotion/s?

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

3. Russian engineers and doctors ________ Western innovations.

4. How does Metaphysical Ketman treat man's mind?

5. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Milosz calls Beta's reaction to the concentration camp life sadistic. How is this true?

3. Under communist rule, education is from a strictly materialistic view. Why is this necessary to maintain proper thought among the citizens?

4. How was Delta able to play the game that the center demanded of him--and be better at it?

5. Eventually Delta's poems became something of a dream, unreal. How was this inevitable?

6. Why is it important that man not only be free from something but also for something?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

What is the relationship between Western and Eastern communism? How do the citizens of each sphere think about and react to each other? Find specific examples of their current interactions, and project the outcome of these to the future. Will they always look at the world through such disparate viewpoints?

Essay Topic 3

The book is fraught with nationalist tendencies, including the pride Milosz feels for his native city Vilna. What does this tell the reader about Milosz's idea of place? How does he act on (or, conversely, react to) these national tendencies? In the end, is he loyal to Poland?

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