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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. Taking joy that one's life occurs within the stream of life is what type of Ketman?

2. In Chapter 4, once the Nazis took over a country, how did they treat the printing presses?

3. Harboring contempt for Russia is what type of Ketman?

4. The Ketman of revolutionary purity holds that a tyrant's reign may be justified in what circumstances?

5. How did Alpha fall into falseness?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Beta saw life only in terms of society rather than in terms of individual man. How was this his downfall?

5. In Chapter VIII, Milosz takes on the tone of a communist to describe the evils of the various classes. How is this more powerful than a mere description?

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

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

8. Beta's anger toward mankind became directed toward a fear of self-deception. How did this happen?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"The moment when bullets pierce the flesh is a moment of amazement for the body. Life and death mingle for a second..." (pg. 184). How accurate is this statement (written and read by people who have never experienced death)? How does this add to the reader's horror of these deaths?

Essay Topic 3

Milosz begins Chapter 4 by saying that the ethical and moral considerations that helped man make decisions in the past have become merely theoretical, inconsequential in the face of changes. What does this say about the changes brought on Eastern Europe from the mid-1930s onward? Given what you know of European history, how were these changes radically different from anything that had come before?

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