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. Dialectical materialism appeals to the Eastern man because it is, in Milosz's term, what?

2. Alpha's pursuit of purity in his work was driven largely by what characteristic?

3. In 1932, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote a book entitled what?

4. According to Witkiewicz, what role does religion play in modern society?

5. What phrase occurs often throughout Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. The East uses talented artists to their full ability, yet sometimes with mediocre results. Why does this happen?

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

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

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

7. "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?

8. 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?

9. What significance is there in the fact that Murti-Bing comes in pill form?

10. The pill takes away man's metaphysical concerns--why is this significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

The reader sees, through many examples, that communism seeks to further its rule at all cost, even if that cost be millions of lives. Is this necessary for the continuance of communism, or is there another way? To what extent should a government assert itself on the lives of its citizens in order to survive?

Essay Topic 3

"The moment when bullets pierce the flesh is a moment of amazement for the body. Life and death mingle for a second..." (pg. 184). How accurate is this statement (written and read by people who have never experienced death)? How does this add to the reader's horror of these deaths?

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