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. In Milosz's experience, how does the East view everything from the West?

2. The center planned that all Eastern European countries would speak which language?

3. What school of thought gave Alpha the tragic language he needed?

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

5. Fifty years of re-education within the party can change entire nations so that they become what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What advantages does the Center gain with the idea of "cosmopolitanism"?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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 2

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?

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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