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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. Why are peasants not particularly dangerous, according to Milosz?
(a) The state is the only buyer of what they grow.
(b) They are happy with their lives.
(c) They have no education and thus cannot retaliate.
(d) They are more easily involved in extensive underground work.

2. As Milosz witnessed, why was becoming a communist a difficult decision?
(a) A person renounced his sense of nationalism.
(b) A person gave up all his personal property.
(c) A person renounced his sense of personality.
(d) A person became subject to the whims of the bourgeois.

3. When man is faced with constant death and when life seems meaningless, how does dialectical materialism seem?
(a) Mysterious and full of meaning.
(b) Mathematical and calculating.
(c) Useless and outmoded.
(d) Like a refuge.

4. During Gamma's youth, Poland gradually separated along what lines?
(a) The traditional right and Soviet left.
(b) The nationalistic right and socialist left.
(c) The capitalists and communists.
(d) Pro-Semitic and anti-Semitic.

5. 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) Agitated and sad.
(c) Fearful of his own life.
(d) Calm and detached.

Short Answer Questions

1. Beta remained bitter because he was unable to see what?

2. Catholic Communists gradually lose everything except what aspect?

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

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

5. How does Milosz describe Delta's poetry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?

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

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

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

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

8. Milosz opens Chapter VI with a description of Vilna as it existed during his childhood. Is this simply to introduce Gamma or is there another reason?

9. In Chapter VIII, Milosz takes on the tone of a communist to describe the evils of the various classes. How is this more powerful than a mere description?

10. Beta saw life only in terms of society rather than in terms of individual man. How was this his downfall?

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