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 "accidental unmaskings of Ketman," Chapter 3, are called _________ .

2. In seeking a strong heroic element, what character/s did Alpha's second novel choose?

3. Defining good and evil outside of party interests is what type of Ketman?

4. Why did the new communist government have a difficult time in Poland after World War II?

5. The people who practice metaphysical Ketman are often former ____________ .

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. As the new way comes into power, it cannot eradicate the old way all at once. Why not?

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

4. When the Nazis invaded Warsaw, every man quickly changed his view of the world. Rather than reporting a corpse lying in the gutter, he passes quietly on. What does this say about man's state of mind then?

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

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

7. Why is the Ketman of revolutionary purity the most rare form of Ketman?

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

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

10. How does national Ketman satisfy, as much as possible, the nationalist leanings in a man? Why is this an important Ketman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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