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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. Walking in the ruined city in 1945, what emotion did Alpha feel primarily?

2. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?

3. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. Why, in the end, could Alpha make only one decision about joining the party?

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

7. Why does aesthetic Ketman flourish, when nothing of the sort is necessary in other countries?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

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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