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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. What do the Party dialecticians assert about art?

2. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?

3. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?

4. Within communist countries, it is not important what a man says but:

5. Cosmopolitanism, as defined by communism, is what thought?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "the lesson of the Baltics"?

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

3. Delta, in wandering the roads in France, met people from many different nations. How did this universal migration prepare the way even more for communist rule?

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

5. What is communism's goal for the relationship between the present and the past?

6. If the Eastern communist knows that what he writes is a lie, why does he write it? Is there any value in what he writes?

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

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

9. What is the difference between Eastern and Western Communists?

10. Why does Milosz go to such pains to describe Gamma, when the other writers found in his book are given only a few sentences of description?

Essay 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

Throughout the book, the converts to communism decry the evils of capitalism, even going so far as to say capitalism led directly to Hitlerism (pg. 128, Beta's assertion). Is this necessarily true? If communism leads, as history has proven, to a dictatorship, then where does capitalism lead?

Essay Topic 3

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?)

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