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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. In cycles that lasted several days, what would Delta do?
(a) Write his poems.
(b) Walk the streets.
(c) Drink alcohol.
(d) Take drugs.

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

3. In the context of Chapter 8, peasants are divided into three categories so that what happens?
(a) Work is done most efficiently.
(b) Mutual hatred grows among them.
(c) The Center can better govern them.
(d) They form ties outside their social class.

4. As the NKVD began mass deportation, how did Gamma write communist propaganda?
(a) In support of the deportations.
(b) Because, by doing it he could save his family.
(c) To keep from being deported himself.
(d) Even as his family was deported to Siberia.

5. Often when Milosz sees women walking through the streets of Paris, what does he remember?
(a) A Polish girl brushing her hair.
(b) His dead wife.
(c) An unknown girl run over by an SS truck.
(d) A Jewish girl shot while running for her life.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 8, Milosz explains that the totalitarian states places such emotional strain on its citizens that what occurs?

2. What was the title of Beta's first book?

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

4. What was the result of this group created by Gamma and his friends?

5. After being captured as a Polish soldier, what happened to Delta?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. "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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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