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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. Apart from his poetry, what was Delta's personality?
(a) Sly and fearful.
(b) Optimistic and cheerful.
(c) Sly and gloomy.
(d) Completely deceitful.
2. Why did Beta's writing assert that communism was salvation?
(a) Man would not think for himself.
(b) Capitalism led to Hitlerism.
(c) Capitalism could not provide for society's needs.
(d) Man was too weak to save himself.
3. In Chapter 5, how is Beta characterized?
(a) Impossible to understand.
(b) Outspoken and arrogant.
(c) Shy and arrogant.
(d) Shy and aloof.
4. When Delta's writing no longer pleased the party, what happened?
(a) Publishers were instructed to print only the work that showed he had reformed.
(b) He was exiled to Siberia for three years in a labor camp.
(c) Publishers were instructed not to print his work.
(d) He was forced to print only in underground papers.
5. After two years, Delta returned again to favor, and how did his future look?
(a) He was given a ten-year contract.
(b) He was returned only for the translation of a Shakespeare poem.
(c) He could be assured that it will last.
(d) He could not be assured that it will last.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did Gamma's second wife wear?
2. Beta remained bitter because he was unable to see what?
3. Rather than condemning the four men about whom he writes, how does Milosz open Chapter 8?
4. Why is Christianity the state's primary enemy?
5. Because the Communist Party was at first illegal in Poland, what did party members do?
Short Essay Questions
1. How were Beta and the people of his generation fallen into dark hopelessness?
2. Eventually Delta's poems became something of a dream, unreal. How was this inevitable?
3. Why is Gamma called "the slave of history"? Whose interests does he serve?
4. How were Beta's stories a fitting insight into his nihilist worldview?
5. Under communist rule, education is from a strictly materialistic view. Why is this necessary to maintain proper thought among the citizens?
6. 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?
7. How are the peasants, in several ways, the most helpless class of people?
8. 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?
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. How was Delta able to play the game that the center demanded of him--and be better at it?
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