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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. When someone asked about his family and origins, how would Delta answer?
(a) Answer questions about his town but not about his family.
(b) Go into great detail about his hometown.
(c) Fall silent.
(d) Tell a different story every time.

2. How does Milosz describe Delta's poetry?
(a) A kaleidoscope.
(b) A chubby angel.
(c) An abomination.
(d) A song played too quickly.

3. At a fairly young age, how did Beta die?
(a) At the hands of the communists.
(b) By an unknown assassin.
(c) By suicide.
(d) At the hands of the Nazis.

4. Why are peasants not particularly dangerous, according to Milosz?
(a) They have no education and thus cannot retaliate.
(b) The state is the only buyer of what they grow.
(c) They are happy with their lives.
(d) They are more easily involved in extensive underground work.

5. In a weekly magazine, Delta published short theater scenes under what title?
(a) Solomon's Ball.
(b) Green Goose.
(c) Falangist.
(d) Gray Goose.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened when Beta's artistic talent moved to the furthest boundaries of communist dictates?

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

3. In communist thought, where is there no division?

4. Because he believed in earthly salvation, what did Beta argue?

5. Beta described the concentration camp as he saw it; how should he have described it?

Short Essay Questions

1. How were Beta's stories a fitting insight into his nihilist worldview?

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

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

4. 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?

5. Beta's anger toward mankind became directed toward a fear of self-deception. How did this happen?

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

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

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

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