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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why did Delta begin to write violently anti-Semitic poems?
(a) He cared deeply about the political change going on around him.
(b) He cared more about his audience than about the content.
(c) The Communist Party commanded him to write them.
(d) He had begun to think along those lines.
2. 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.
3. When someone asked about his family and origins, how would Delta answer?
(a) Go into great detail about his hometown.
(b) Answer questions about his town but not about his family.
(c) Tell a different story every time.
(d) Fall silent.
4. Why is Christianity the state's primary enemy?
(a) It creates class divisions.
(b) It encourages radicalism.
(c) It fosters subservience.
(d) It fosters skepticism.
5. In Chapter 8, Milosz explains that the totalitarian states places such emotional strain on its citizens that what occurs?
(a) They will cease to think for themselves.
(b) They cannot survive long as individuals.
(c) The strain itself determines their actions.
(d) The people cannot be responsible for their actions.
6. The last time Milosz saw Beta, how did the unassuming poet look?
(a) He hadn't changed.
(b) He had become even more afraid, following his time in the concentration camp.
(c) He had become self-assured and thoroughly political.
(d) He had become an outspoken adversary of communism.
7. 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.
8. What did Gamma's second wife wear?
(a) Nothing on her feet.
(b) Dainty calfskin shoes.
(c) Thick Polish shoes.
(d) Heavy Russian boots.
9. What did Delta, in his enthusiasm, love?
(a) The whirlpool of human emotions.
(b) Crowds and festivals.
(c) The literary cafes.
(d) The words of intellectuals.
10. When Delta's writing no longer pleased the party, what happened?
(a) He was forced to print only in underground papers.
(b) Publishers were instructed to print only the work that showed he had reformed.
(c) He was exiled to Siberia for three years in a labor camp.
(d) Publishers were instructed not to print his work.
11. As Beta scornfully realized, how could someone have power in Poland?
(a) Seize it by force.
(b) Follow the procedures established by the Polish government.
(c) Destroy all Polish underground resistance.
(d) Overcome the Nazis.
12. When do Beta's stories show that people are good?
(a) Only while acting within civilization.
(b) When life has meaning.
(c) Only when it directly benefits them.
13. In communist thought, where is there no division?
(a) Between worker and peasant.
(b) Between man and woman.
(c) Between man and society.
(d) Between what man does and what he thinks.
14. In a weekly magazine, Delta published short theater scenes under what title?
(a) Solomon's Ball.
(b) Gray Goose.
(c) Green Goose.
15. 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) Work is done most efficiently.
(c) The Center can better govern them.
(d) Mutual hatred grows among them.
Short Answer 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?
2. How were Gamma's interactions with people characterized?
3. In Chapter 5, how is Beta characterized?
4. Because the Communist Party was at first illegal in Poland, what did party members do?
5. When a man refuses to become a shock-worker in a factory, what does he soon find?
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