The Captive Mind Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was the result of this group created by Gamma and his friends?
(a) Publicly praised for its faithfulness to communist ideals.
(b) Disbanded after two years because it lost popularity.
(c) The beginning of the communist government in Warsaw.
(d) Exiled for trying to usurp power from the center in Moscow.

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

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

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

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

7. Where did the man Gamma grow up?
(a) A party member's home.
(b) The city.
(c) An eighteenth-century palace.
(d) The country.

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

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

10. 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 was returned only for the translation of a Shakespeare poem.
(c) He was given a ten-year contract.
(d) He could not be assured that it will last.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Beta remained bitter because he was unable to see what?

2. Because he believed in earthly salvation, what did Beta argue?

3. Why are peasants not particularly dangerous, according to Milosz?

4. In the people's democracies, according the Chapter 8, what does the most serious battle concern?

5. As Beta relates, when Greek prisoners cannot march because they are too weak, how are they first punished?

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