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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. Rather than condemning the four men about whom he writes, how does Milosz open Chapter 8?
(a) Saying they were misguided by their education.
(b) Saying the situation was too senseless to see the truth.
(c) Saying they were victims of historical circumstance
(d) Saying they were enslaved by their ways of thinking.

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

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

4. 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) Completely sober.
(d) With a girlfriend he'd brought from Brussels.

5. As Chapter 8 briefly explains, how does the State regard the propertied class?
(a) Most important.
(b) Least likely to rebel.
(c) Least hopeful for reform.
(d) Least important.

Short Answer Questions

1. When a man refuses to become a shock-worker in a factory, what does he soon find?

2. In Chapter 8, how does the party treat whatever is not expressed?

3. Beta wrote poems characterized by what?

4. Why are peasants not particularly dangerous, according to Milosz?

5. What did Delta, in his enthusiasm, love?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Eventually Delta's poems became something of a dream, unreal. How was this inevitable?

3. 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?

4. How was Delta's poetry some of the most insightful work being written at the time?

5. Delta, in wandering the roads in France, met people from many different nations. How did this universal migration prepare the way even more for communist rule?

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

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

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

9. "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?

10. 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?

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