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Multiple Choice Questions

1. As the Polish fought the Germans for control of Warsaw near the end of the war, how did a few people manage to survive?
(a) Turning themselves in as prisoners of war.
(b) Hiding with the underground resistance.
(c) Swimming across the river.
(d) Hiding in the surrounding forests.

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. When a man refuses to become a shock-worker in a factory, what does he soon find?
(a) He is imprisoned until his views change.
(b) He is demoted until he can learn respect.
(c) He is fired, and cannot provide for his family.
(d) He is denied the privileges of better work or vacation.

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

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

6. 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) Malicious.
(b) Calm and detached.
(c) Agitated and sad.
(d) Fearful of his own life.

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

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

9. In the concentration camp, what is Beta's job?
(a) Removing bodies from the gas chambers.
(b) Rationing food to the prisoners.
(c) Unloading Jews from the box-cars.
(d) Directing Jews to the gas chambers or work.

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

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

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

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

14. 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) Parades and speeches.
(c) Brute force.
(d) The written and spoken word.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?

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

3. As Chapter 8 briefly explains, how does the State regard the propertied class?

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

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

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