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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. After being captured as a Polish soldier, what happened to Delta?
(a) Was conscripted as a Russian soldier.
(b) Spent five years as a Russian prisoner.
(c) Spent five years in a German labor camp.
(d) Was released because he was too weak to work.

3. Because the Communist Party was at first illegal in Poland, what did party members do?
(a) Tried to sway public opinion with writers who were sympathetic to communism.
(b) Bided their time until communism had gained a stronger footing.
(c) Had no choice but to rebel against the laws.
(d) Were forced to work only through underground means.

4. Delta would have fit well into what time period?
(a) Medieval monks.
(b) Egyptian kings.
(c) Roman gladiators.
(d) Wandering jesters.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Rather than condemning the four men about whom he writes, how does Milosz open Chapter 8?

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

4. How does Milosz describe Delta's poetry?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Beta's circumstances lead him to a poetry that constantly moved? Why was it restless?

2. Milosz writes that Delta could not (or would not) distinguish between truth and fable, even in his personal life. Is this the kind of mind the Party would have wanted?

3. How were Beta and the people of his generation fallen into dark hopelessness?

4. Milosz calls Beta's reaction to the concentration camp life sadistic. How is this true?

5. How could Delta, who was not racist, write such violently anti-Semitic material?

6. How are the peasants, in several ways, the most helpless class of people?

7. Nearly six years of Nazi rule had radically changed people's ideas of private property. Did this help or harm the communist idea of common property?

8. Beta's anger toward mankind became directed toward a fear of self-deception. How did this happen?

9. Gamma did not even try to save his family when they were deported to Siberia. How is this a vivid example of the communist attitude toward individual lives?

10. How does the party's definition of a reactionary reduce him to a comic level?

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