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

2. What kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?
(a) Feudalist.
(b) Unrealistic.
(c) Low-class.
(d) Middle-class.

3. While living in exile, how did Delta feel?
(a) Lonely and forgotten.
(b) A poor writer.
(c) A drunkard.
(d) Popular and well-liked.

4. As he got older, how did Gamma feel about his life?
(a) He had wasted his youth in service of the party.
(b) He had become too comfortable with his accomplishments.
(c) He had wasted his youth on reckless living.
(d) He had not devoted enough energy to the party.

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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Gamma's second wife wear?

2. In the concentration camp, what is Beta's job?

3. 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?

4. How much time did Beta spend in the concentration camp Auschwitz?

5. In a weekly magazine, Delta published short theater scenes under what title?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Why is Gamma called "the slave of history"? Whose interests does he serve?

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

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. "Still, it was not easy to become a communist, for communism meant a complete revision of one's concepts of nationality " (pg. 147). How was this true?

9. Why does Milosz go to such pains to describe Gamma, when the other writers found in his book are given only a few sentences of description?

10. Milosz states that the goals of the workers are far different from those of the state. How is this so?

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