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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

Milosz called Beta's war stories terrifying because they were told simply and truthfully, almost brutally. How is it possible to tell such stories with so little emotion? To what degree is empathy a necessary quality of stories? Is it possible for the reader, removed by many decades and a culture, to experience a similar lack of sympathy?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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