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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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 exiled to Siberia for three years in a labor camp.
(c) He was forced to print only in underground papers.
(d) Publishers were instructed not to print his work.

5. After two years, Delta returned again to favor, and how did his future look?
(a) He could be assured that it will last.
(b) He could not be assured that it will last.
(c) He was given a ten-year contract.
(d) He was returned only for the translation of a Shakespeare poem.

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

7. What kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?
(a) Low-class.
(b) Feudalist.
(c) Middle-class.
(d) Unrealistic.

8. Delta would have fit well into what time period?
(a) Medieval monks.
(b) Roman gladiators.
(c) Wandering jesters.
(d) Egyptian kings.

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

10. Beta described the concentration camp as he saw it; how should he have described it?
(a) As the Soviets wanted him to see it.
(b) As it really was.
(c) As the Nazis intended.
(d) As the liberating American saw it.

11. As detailed in Chapter 6, what was the first maxim of the communist rule as it established power in a newly-conquered country?
(a) Set minimal demands.
(b) Impose educational reforms.
(c) Crush opposition at all cost.
(d) Make the people happy so they agree.

12. In the context of Chapter 8, peasants are divided into three categories so that what happens?
(a) They form ties outside their social class.
(b) Mutual hatred grows among them.
(c) The Center can better govern them.
(d) Work is done most efficiently.

13. 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.

14. What view of Poland's past did Delta's poetry present?
(a) The past provided an alternative to communism.
(b) The past had the power to save her people from communism.
(c) The past was close to dying out.
(d) The past held no hope of peace or rest.

15. While talking to Beker, who is about to be burned at the crematorium because he is too weak to work, what is Beta's attitude?
(a) Calm and detached.
(b) Fearful of his own life.
(c) Malicious.
(d) Agitated and sad.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As Milosz witnessed, why was becoming a communist a difficult decision?

3. As Beta scornfully realized, how could someone have power in Poland?

4. Why did Delta begin to write violently anti-Semitic poems?

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

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