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. The people who practice metaphysical Ketman are often former ____________ .

2. Every man considers his mode of life as what?

3. How does the Eastern communist regard everything from the West?

4. Witkiewicz's book dealt solely with what aspect of society?

5. How did Alpha fall into falseness?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. "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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

Prompted by Lieutenant Zbyszek's sign in the wilderness of bombed Warsaw, Alpha and Milosz reflect on the man who wrote it. What is Milosz's response, emotionally and mentally, to the sign? Using other examples from the book (e.g., the Jewish girl shot in the street or Delta's life), explain what Milosz presents about the permanence of an individual life.

Essay Topic 3

Beta's stories portray man as an animal, barely held in check by the restraints of civilization. How is this demonstrated in Poland during World War II? Given the progression of Poland through capitalism, Nazism, and communism, was man's good or animal side stronger? Which one triumphed? Also, use examples from the book of people acting out of goodness.

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