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. In Milosz's experience, how does the East view everything from the West?

2. In Chapter 4, who is Alpha, the Moralist?

3. What phrase occurs often throughout Chapter 2?

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

5. The purpose of Chapter 2 is to compare and contrast what two groups?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. "If something exists in one place, it will exist everywhere" (pg. 29). Why does the man in destroyed Warsaw believe this, and how does it affect his spirit?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Milosz asserts that the way to rule a nation's mind is through the word. Is this true or are there other factors equally important? Given what he says about both Nazi and communist controls over the printed word, how was this played out in Poland?

Essay Topic 2

Beta's stories portray man as an animal, barely held in check by the restraints of civilization. How is this demonstrated in Poland during World War II? Given the progression of Poland through capitalism, Nazism, and communism, was man's good or animal side stronger? Which one triumphed? Also, use examples from the book of people acting out of goodness.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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