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

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. In the concentration camp, what kind of life does Beta lead?
(a) Healthy and well-dressed, but cannot escape his guilt.
(b) Healthy and well-dressed, and brags about it.
(c) Hungry and miserable, but happy to be alive.
(d) With experiences which he never talks about afterward.

4. 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 provided an alternative to communism.
(c) The past held no hope of peace or rest.
(d) The past was close to dying out.

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

6. When he spent time in Moscow, what kinds of reports did Delta send back?
(a) Ones that said exactly what the party wanted to hear.
(b) Ones that portrayed the city as gloomy.
(c) Ones that spoke haltingly of Russian progress.
(d) Ones that glowed with enthusiasm.

7. Why did Delta begin to write violently anti-Semitic poems?
(a) The Communist Party commanded him to write them.
(b) He had begun to think along those lines.
(c) He cared more about his audience than about the content.
(d) He cared deeply about the political change going on around him.

8. Because he believed in earthly salvation, what did Beta argue?
(a) History has no force in man's present struggles.
(b) Promises of heavenly salvation are false.
(c) Anyone opposing mankind's happiness is evil.
(d) Only man can bring about his own happiness.

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

10. How did Delta return to his wife in Poland?
(a) Without a single penny.
(b) With a girl he'd picked up at the Polish border.
(c) With a girlfriend he'd brought from Brussels.
(d) Completely sober.

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

12. Beta remained bitter because he was unable to see what?
(a) Man in relation to his fellow man.
(b) Individual man apart from society.
(c) Society's reasons for action.
(d) The purpose of action within a community.

13. How was Delta's cheerful poetry treated?
(a) Mocked by the public.
(b) Ignored by the party.
(c) Scorned by the party as sentimental.
(d) Put to good use by the party.

14. In Russia, what organization did Gamma and several of his friends create?
(a) The Union of Patriots.
(b) The Society of Enlightened Communist Workers.
(c) The Union of Workers.
(d) The Society for the Well-Being of Mankind.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Chapter 6 opens with a picture of Vilna, which is a city of __________ .

3. In cycles that lasted several days, what would Delta do?

4. Often when Milosz sees women walking through the streets of Paris, what does he remember?

5. What did Gamma's second wife wear?

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