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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 was Gamma's writing weak?
(a) Empathy.
(b) Human emotion.
(c) Proper doctrine.
(d) Previous success.

2. Why is Christianity the state's primary enemy?
(a) It encourages radicalism.
(b) It creates class divisions.
(c) It fosters subservience.
(d) It fosters skepticism.

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

4. As Beta scornfully realized, how could someone have power in Poland?
(a) Overcome the Nazis.
(b) Destroy all Polish underground resistance.
(c) Follow the procedures established by the Polish government.
(d) Seize it by force.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In light of Beta's poetry, how does Milosz treat the modern artist's potential?

2. How does Milosz describe Delta's poetry?

3. Why did Beta's writing assert that communism was salvation?

4. Delta would have fit well into what time period?

5. What kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?

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. Under communist rule, education is from a strictly materialistic view. Why is this necessary to maintain proper thought among the citizens?

3. How was Delta able to play the game that the center demanded of him--and be better at it?

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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