Marxist IQ: A people’s culture (answers)

Marxist IQ: A people’s culture (answers)


1. World-famous German playwright and Communist activist Bertolt Brecht in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui portrayed Adolf Hitler as which of the following?


a. A nervous Chicago gangster supported by the rich


2. Death of Salesman, regarded internationally as the greatest American play, was written by Arthur Miller, who was a target of McCarthyism because he had been a member of the CPUSA. The play is


d. the tragic, self-destructive illusions of petit-bourgeois individualism.


3. In Harriet Arnow’s great proletarian novel The Dollmaker, the transformation of Kentucky farmers during WWII into Detroit factory workers is told from the perspective of


c. Gertie, the mother, seeking to defend the family.


4. In the African-American novelist Richard Wright’s great proletarian novel, Native Son, (written when he was a member of the CPUSA), the protagonist, Bigger Thomas, is portrayed as which of the following?


c. Someone whose violence is a response to dehumanizing racism


5. Chinese Communist writer Lu Xun, perhaps the most famous Chinese writer of fiction of the 20th century, portrays in his best-known work, the True Story of Ah Q, the crisis facing prerevolutionary China through


a. a Buddhist temple caretaker imprisoned by Confucian values that keep him from acting in his own interest.


6. Although it was suppressed in the U.S. at the time, this film about a strike, with a cast of blacklisted Hollywood film artists and workers from the CPUSA-led Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union, won an international audience and is regarded as a classic expression of people’s democratic culture.

b. Salt of the Earth


Your score:

0 wrong: Theoretician. Write an article! Teach a class!
1 wrong: Developed Marxist. Form a study group, join the party.
2 to 3 wrong: Class-conscious worker – study harder.
4 to 6 wrong: Danger! Deviations possible. Study and then study some more lest you drift into the marsh of opportunism!