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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When a man refuses to become a shock-worker in a factory, what does he soon find?
(a) He is denied the privileges of better work or vacation.
(b) He is demoted until he can learn respect.
(c) He is imprisoned until his views change.
(d) He is fired, and cannot provide for his family.
2. Catholic Communists gradually lose everything except what aspect?
(a) The language of religion.
(b) Their sense of guilt.
(c) A basic belief in God.
(d) Their trust in the Virgin Mary.
3. Why is Christianity the state's primary enemy?
(a) It creates class divisions.
(b) It fosters subservience.
(c) It encourages radicalism.
(d) It fosters skepticism.
4. In Chapter 8, how does the party treat whatever is not expressed?
(a) It is not important.
(b) It is not dangerous.
(c) It is most dangerous.
(d) It does not exist.
5. What kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?
6. 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.
7. Chapter 6 opens with a picture of Vilna, which is a city of __________ .
8. In Milosz's understanding, the class of the bourgeois is comprised of what people?
(a) National companies.
(c) Small merchants and craftsmen.
(d) Workers and peasants.
9. In light of Beta's poetry, how does Milosz treat the modern artist's potential?
(a) He can never know rest or inactivity.
(b) He works best without established equilibrium.
(c) He follows the artistic traditions of former eras.
(d) He is condemned to inactivity.
10. In the concentration camp, what is Beta's job?
(a) Unloading Jews from the box-cars.
(b) Directing Jews to the gas chambers or work.
(c) Rationing food to the prisoners.
(d) Removing bodies from the gas chambers.
11. What was the title of Delta's most unusual poem, which spoke in terms best understood in a dream?
(a) Folk Songs.
(b) Folk Fair.
(c) Solomon's Ball.
(d) The Persian King.
12. As detailed in Chapter 6, what was the first maxim of the communist rule as it established power in a newly-conquered country?
(a) Make the people happy so they agree.
(b) Crush opposition at all cost.
(c) Impose educational reforms.
(d) Set minimal demands.
13. In cycles that lasted several days, what would Delta do?
(a) Write his poems.
(b) Walk the streets.
(c) Drink alcohol.
(d) Take drugs.
14. Often when Milosz sees women walking through the streets of Paris, what does he remember?
(a) A Jewish girl shot while running for her life.
(b) His dead wife.
(c) An unknown girl run over by an SS truck.
(d) A Polish girl brushing her hair.
15. According to Chapter 8, how does communism define the reactionary?
(a) Is incapable of seeing how everything is interdependent.
(b) Reverts to the traditional way of thinking.
(c) Acts contrary to party principles.
(d) Refuses to agree wholeheartedly with the party.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why did Beta's writing assert that communism was salvation?
2. Apart from his poetry, what was Delta's personality?
3. What happened when Beta's artistic talent moved to the furthest boundaries of communist dictates?
4. How did Delta return to his wife in Poland?
5. In Chapter 5, how is Beta characterized?
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