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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Beta's writing assert that communism was salvation?
(a) Capitalism could not provide for society's needs.
(b) Capitalism led to Hitlerism.
(c) Man was too weak to save himself.
(d) Man would not think for himself.

2. What was the end result of Gamma's poetry?
(a) Moving and deeply felt.
(b) Poorly written, but heart-felt.
(c) Well-written.
(d) Careful word arrangements that said nothing.

3. In the concentration camp, what is Beta's job?
(a) Removing bodies from the gas chambers.
(b) Directing Jews to the gas chambers or work.
(c) Rationing food to the prisoners.
(d) Unloading Jews from the box-cars.

4. Why did Delta begin to write violently anti-Semitic poems?
(a) He cared deeply about the political change going on around him.
(b) He had begun to think along those lines.
(c) He cared more about his audience than about the content.
(d) The Communist Party commanded him to write them.

5. As Chapter 8 briefly explains, how does the State regard the propertied class?
(a) Least important.
(b) Least hopeful for reform.
(c) Most important.
(d) Least likely to rebel.

6. Apart from his poetry, what was Delta's personality?
(a) Sly and gloomy.
(b) Optimistic and cheerful.
(c) Sly and fearful.
(d) Completely deceitful.

7. How does Milosz describe Delta's poetry?
(a) A kaleidoscope.
(b) A chubby angel.
(c) An abomination.
(d) A song played too quickly.

8. As the NKVD began mass deportation, how did Gamma write communist propaganda?
(a) Because, by doing it he could save his family.
(b) Even as his family was deported to Siberia.
(c) In support of the deportations.
(d) To keep from being deported himself.

9. The last time Milosz saw Beta, how did the unassuming poet look?
(a) He had become an outspoken adversary of communism.
(b) He had become self-assured and thoroughly political.
(c) He had become even more afraid, following his time in the concentration camp.
(d) He hadn't changed.

10. Why is Christianity the state's primary enemy?
(a) It fosters skepticism.
(b) It encourages radicalism.
(c) It creates class divisions.
(d) It fosters subservience.

11. What happened when Beta's artistic talent moved to the furthest boundaries of communist dictates?
(a) It could not be satisfied, and he left the party.
(b) Words and individual man lost all meaning.
(c) Words could no longer move him to action.
(d) The words he wrote were the only things he knew.

12. Chapter 6 opens with a picture of Vilna, which is a city of __________ .
(a) Gardens.
(b) Beaches.
(c) Streams.
(d) Forests.

13. What was the title of Beta's first book?
(a) The Stony Ground.
(b) The Stone and Sky.
(c) The Shining Sun.
(d) The Stony World.

14. In the people's democracies, according the Chapter 8, what does the most serious battle concern?
(a) Control of man's spirit.
(b) The balance of power.
(c) Control of man's mind.
(d) Manipulation of historical context.

15. In cycles that lasted several days, what would Delta do?
(a) Drink alcohol.
(b) Walk the streets.
(c) Write his poems.
(d) Take drugs.

Short Answer Questions

1. When a man refuses to become a shock-worker in a factory, what does he soon find?

2. How were Gamma's interactions with people characterized?

3. At a fairly young age, how did Beta die?

4. What did Gamma's second wife wear?

5. In light of Beta's poetry, how does Milosz treat the modern artist's potential?

(see the answer keys)

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