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

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

3. Citizens of communist countries become adept in what skill, according to Milosz?

4. According to several examples from Eastern history, how is Ketman a way of living?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does national Ketman satisfy, as much as possible, the nationalist leanings in a man? Why is this an important Ketman?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through Party propaganda and education, communism suppresses man's ability to think for himself. How do the people presented in The Captive Mind either fight or accept this suppression? Consider only the main subjects of the book, including their writing for the underground or for the party.

Essay Topic 2

Milosz repeatedly returns to the idea that religion is dead. Is this true? If so, how is it replaced in modern society? Keep in mind his argument that man craves the mysterious, and so religion is necessarily replaced.

Essay Topic 3

In different ways, the Polish people learned to contain and even condense their emotions, letting only the most elemental emotions show. What does this say about man's ability to survive difficult times? To what extent were the people reduced to the physiological level of hunted animals? Use examples from the book to show how emotions were stripped down to their most basic level.

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