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. As explained in Chapter 2, the party considers _________ one of the highest virtues.

2. How does Metaphysical Ketman treat man's mind?

3. What phrase occurs often throughout Chapter 2?

4. As seen in Chapter 2, how does the poet of a communist country write?

5. As far as man's preferences in Western art and literature, what aspect does Milosz refer to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does aesthetic Ketman flourish, when nothing of the sort is necessary in other countries?

5. How does Ketman create pride in the man who practices it?

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

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

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

9. Why, according to party policy, can there be no contradictions in the minds of Soviet citizens?

10. "If something exists in one place, it will exist everywhere" (pg. 29). Why does the man in destroyed Warsaw believe this, and how does it affect his spirit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though many human interactions are characterized by some degree of acting, the citizens of Soviet countries are forced to take this to an extreme. What does this tell us about the relationship between communist ideals and the individual? What should the role of government be in an individual's life? To what degree is this a perversion of how it should be? Or is this justified in the name of communist ideals?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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