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. In light of Beta's poetry, how does Milosz treat the modern artist's potential?
(a) He works best without established equilibrium.
(b) He follows the artistic traditions of former eras.
(c) He is condemned to inactivity.
(d) He can never know rest or inactivity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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 liberating American saw it.
(d) As the Nazis intended.

9. 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.

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

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

12. Chapter 6 opens with a picture of Vilna, which is a city of __________ .
(a) Forests.
(b) Streams.
(c) Gardens.
(d) Beaches.

13. In Chapter 8, Milosz explains that the totalitarian states places such emotional strain on its citizens that what occurs?
(a) The strain itself determines their actions.
(b) They will cease to think for themselves.
(c) They cannot survive long as individuals.
(d) The people cannot be responsible for their actions.

14. In the people's democracies, according the Chapter 8, what does the most serious battle concern?
(a) The balance of power.
(b) Control of man's spirit.
(c) Manipulation of historical context.
(d) Control of man's mind.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After two years, Delta returned again to favor, and how did his future look?

2. How can the relationship between Gamma and the author be described?

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

4. Why are workers told that it is a crime to strike?

5. As the NKVD began mass deportation, how did Gamma write communist propaganda?

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