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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. What event did Alpha and Milosz narrowly miss one day as they were returning from the train station?

2. When Alpha and Milosz stumbled on a board with the painted words "Lieutenant Zbyszek's road of suffering," what did they meditate on?

3. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?

4. According to Milosz, nations which have recently come under communist rule feel excitement at first, and then feel what emotion?

5. Which Ketman asserts that men do not know how to rule themselves or properly distribute goods?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does it mean to say that there will be a country called Lithuania, but no Lithuanians?

3. Milosz opens Chapter VI with a description of Vilna as it existed during his childhood. Is this simply to introduce Gamma or is there another reason?

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

5. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?

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

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

8. How does the party's definition of a reactionary reduce him to a comic level?

9. How did Beta's circumstances lead him to a poetry that constantly moved? Why was it restless?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

It would seem that the exciting and invigorating power of this participation in mass life springs from the feeling of potentiality, of constant unexpectedness, of a mystery one ever pursues" (66). How does this need, which springs up in aesthetic Ketman, drive a man's life? Party officials consider the need for strangeness a relic of the past, but how does this miss the truth of what's happening? What are the benefits of interacting within a bustling, changing environment?

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