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. The Multi-Bing pills are most tempting to what type of person?

2. Milosz compares the Method to what animal?

3. According to several examples from Eastern history, how is Ketman a way of living?

4. The most difficult thing for a man of the New Faith to conquer, according to Milosz, is his feeling of what?

5. Milosz asserts that the man of the New Faith has the greatest fear of what action?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is historic fatalism and how does it affect even a man's most personal interactions?

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

6. 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?

7. Why, in the end, could Alpha make only one decision about joining the party?

8. From several references to Tito throughout Chapters 2 and 3, what can the reader infer about him? What does the center gain by making an example of him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The West, in not taking advantage of every artist, wastes a huge amount of talent. Is the East's method better or worse? Is there an ideal system in which exceptional artists are appreciated without conforming to a particular method?

Essay Topic 2

Milosz begins Chapter 4 by saying that the ethical and moral considerations that helped man make decisions in the past have become merely theoretical, inconsequential in the face of changes. What does this say about the changes brought on Eastern Europe from the mid-1930s onward? Given what you know of European history, how were these changes radically different from anything that had come before?

Essay Topic 3

Milosz called Beta's war stories terrifying because they were told simply and truthfully, almost brutally. How is it possible to tell such stories with so little emotion? To what degree is empathy a necessary quality of stories? Is it possible for the reader, removed by many decades and a culture, to experience a similar lack of sympathy?

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