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. Chapter 2 opens with the picture of the Eastern communists looking to the West with what emotion/s?

2. What do the Party dialecticians assert about art?

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

4. When did Alpha became a more religious writer?

5. After the war, how was Alpha was received by Polish communists?

Short Essay Questions

1. If an artist disagrees with the dialectical method, he debates the question with a panel of Party authorities and always, undoubtedly loses. Why is this so?

2. The East uses talented artists to their full ability, yet sometimes with mediocre results. Why does this happen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. As the new way comes into power, it cannot eradicate the old way all at once. Why not?

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

Throughout the book, the converts to communism decry the evils of capitalism, even going so far as to say capitalism led directly to Hitlerism (pg. 128, Beta's assertion). Is this necessarily true? If communism leads, as history has proven, to a dictatorship, then where does capitalism lead?

Essay Topic 3

It would seem that the exciting and invigorating power of this participation in mass life springs from the feeling of potentiality, of constant unexpectedness, of a mystery one ever pursues" (66). How does this need, which springs up in aesthetic Ketman, drive a man's life? Party officials consider the need for strangeness a relic of the past, but how does this miss the truth of what's happening? What are the benefits of interacting within a bustling, changing environment?

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