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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was the title of Delta's most unusual poem, which spoke in terms best understood in a dream?
(a) Solomon's Ball.
(b) The Persian King.
(c) Folk Fair.
(d) Folk Songs.

3. After coming to power, in 1945, the Party recognized that the best way to control a nation is through what force?
(a) Spies and informers.
(b) Brute force.
(c) Parades and speeches.
(d) The written and spoken word.

4. When Delta's writing no longer pleased the party, what happened?
(a) Publishers were instructed to print only the work that showed he had reformed.
(b) He was forced to print only in underground papers.
(c) He was exiled to Siberia for three years in a labor camp.
(d) Publishers were instructed not to print his work.

5. In Chapter 5, how is Beta characterized?
(a) Shy and arrogant.
(b) Impossible to understand.
(c) Shy and aloof.
(d) Outspoken and arrogant.

6. As Beta relates, when Greek prisoners cannot march because they are too weak, how are they first punished?
(a) With beatings.
(b) With three days' hard labor.
(c) With death.
(d) With sticks tied to their legs.

7. Beta wrote poems characterized by what?
(a) Lack of faith and the facing of death as reality.
(b) Leaning on the poet's weak faith in an effort to flee death.
(c) Crying out to God for deliverance.
(d) Taking bitter joy in the despair of the poet's surroundings.

8. Why do Party dialecticians change the Method when necessary?
(a) They are forced to modernize.
(b) History has destroyed all other formulae which claim to be unerring.
(c) They want to stay one step ahead of the reactionaries.
(d) Reality proves the Method to be unworkable.

9. When someone asked about his family and origins, how would Delta answer?
(a) Fall silent.
(b) Tell a different story every time.
(c) Answer questions about his town but not about his family.
(d) Go into great detail about his hometown.

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

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

12. In Milosz's understanding, the class of the bourgeois is comprised of what people?
(a) Workers and peasants.
(b) Workers.
(c) Small merchants and craftsmen.
(d) National companies.

13. Rather than condemning the four men about whom he writes, how does Milosz open Chapter 8?
(a) Saying the situation was too senseless to see the truth.
(b) Saying they were enslaved by their ways of thinking.
(c) Saying they were victims of historical circumstance
(d) Saying they were misguided by their education.

14. During Gamma's youth, Poland gradually separated along what lines?
(a) Pro-Semitic and anti-Semitic.
(b) The traditional right and Soviet left.
(c) The nationalistic right and socialist left.
(d) The capitalists and communists.

15. In Chapter 8, how does the party treat whatever is not expressed?
(a) It is not important.
(b) It is not dangerous.
(c) It does not exist.
(d) It is most dangerous.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chapter 8, how does communism define the reactionary?

2. Delta would have fit well into what time period?

3. In Chapter 8, Milosz explains that the totalitarian states places such emotional strain on its citizens that what occurs?

4. In the context of Chapter 8, peasants are divided into three categories so that what happens?

5. In cycles that lasted several days, what would Delta do?

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