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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

"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 2

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 3

The West, in not taking advantage of every artist, wastes a huge amount of talent. Is the East's method better or worse? Is there an ideal system in which exceptional artists are appreciated without conforming to a particular method?

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