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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. Witkiewicz thought art and philosophy were living out their last days, and how did he see their end?

3. In a communist country, what is perhaps the best way to ensure one's safety?

4. Alpha's response to the Nazis' violent anti-Semitism was what emotion?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the peasants, in several ways, the most helpless class of people?

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

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

4. How was Delta's poetry some of the most insightful work being written at the time?

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

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

7. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?

8. How does the party's definition of a reactionary reduce him to a comic level?

9. What significance is there in the fact that Murti-Bing comes in pill form?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What is the relationship between Western and Eastern communism? How do the citizens of each sphere think about and react to each other? Find specific examples of their current interactions, and project the outcome of these to the future. Will they always look at the world through such disparate viewpoints?

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