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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In a weekly magazine, Delta published short theater scenes under what title?
(a) Green Goose.
(b) Gray Goose.
(c) Falangist.
(d) Solomon's Ball.

4. Why are workers told that it is a crime to strike?
(a) The highest goal of state factories is efficiency.
(b) It has drastic negative effects on the entire nation.
(c) It is not in the best interests of the state.
(d) They are working for the state, which is to say for themselves.

5. What did Gamma's second wife wear?
(a) Nothing on her feet.
(b) Heavy Russian boots.
(c) Dainty calfskin shoes.
(d) Thick Polish shoes.

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

7. Beta remained bitter because he was unable to see what?
(a) Individual man apart from society.
(b) The purpose of action within a community.
(c) Man in relation to his fellow man.
(d) Society's reasons for action.

8. How were Gamma's interactions with people characterized?
(a) With complete honesty.
(b) By his loyalty to the party.
(c) By his drive for power.
(d) With deceit and artifice.

9. As he got older, how did Gamma feel about his life?
(a) He had become too comfortable with his accomplishments.
(b) He had wasted his youth in service of the party.
(c) He had not devoted enough energy to the party.
(d) He had wasted his youth on reckless living.

10. In the concentration camp, what kind of life does Beta lead?
(a) Hungry and miserable, but happy to be alive.
(b) With experiences which he never talks about afterward.
(c) Healthy and well-dressed, and brags about it.
(d) Healthy and well-dressed, but cannot escape his guilt.

11. In communist thought, where is there no division?
(a) Between worker and peasant.
(b) Between man and woman.
(c) Between what man does and what he thinks.
(d) Between man and society.

12. How did Delta return to his wife in Poland?
(a) Completely sober.
(b) With a girlfriend he'd brought from Brussels.
(c) With a girl he'd picked up at the Polish border.
(d) Without a single penny.

13. When do Beta's stories show that people are good?
(a) Inherently.
(b) When life has meaning.
(c) Only while acting within civilization.
(d) Only when it directly benefits them.

14. According to Chapter 8, how does communism define the reactionary?
(a) Acts contrary to party principles.
(b) Refuses to agree wholeheartedly with the party.
(c) Reverts to the traditional way of thinking.
(d) Is incapable of seeing how everything is interdependent.

15. How much time did Beta spend in the concentration camp Auschwitz?
(a) Two months.
(b) The rest of his life.
(c) Two years.
(d) Three years.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Beta's writing assert that communism was salvation?

2. What did Delta, in his enthusiasm, love?

3. Because the Communist Party was at first illegal in Poland, what did party members do?

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

5. The last time Milosz saw Beta, how did the unassuming poet look?

(see the answer keys)

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