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. Milosz admits that he has great admiration for what people or force?

2. Why does the state take advantage of professional Ketman?

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

4. American politics regarded Russia's invasion of Eastern countries with what emotion?

5. How do the Multi-Bing pills change a man?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Why is cosmopolitanism linked to nationalist concerns? What does the center gain by connecting these?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is art outside the public mind important? Milosz says that when man thinks only in the collective body, he can no longer think other than what is necessary. In other words, personal observations and thoughts are cut off. Why, then, does he place such importance on creating art other than what is strictly necessary?

Essay Topic 2

Though many human interactions are characterized by some degree of acting, the citizens of Soviet countries are forced to take this to an extreme. What does this tell us about the relationship between communist ideals and the individual? What should the role of government be in an individual's life? To what degree is this a perversion of how it should be? Or is this justified in the name of communist ideals?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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