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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. What kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?
2. Chapter 6 opens with a picture of Vilna, which is a city of __________ .
3. How did Gamma express his anti-Semitic views?
(a) Only to the people he trusted.
(b) To anyone who would listen.
4. In Milosz's understanding, the class of the bourgeois is comprised of what people?
(a) National companies.
(b) Small merchants and craftsmen.
(c) Workers and peasants.
5. Apart from his poetry, what was Delta's personality?
(a) Completely deceitful.
(b) Sly and gloomy.
(c) Optimistic and cheerful.
(d) Sly and fearful.
Short Answer Questions
1. As detailed in Chapter 6, what was the first maxim of the communist rule as it established power in a newly-conquered country?
2. During Gamma's youth, Poland gradually separated along what lines?
3. Because the Communist Party was at first illegal in Poland, what did party members do?
4. As he got older, how did Gamma feel about his life?
5. In cycles that lasted several days, what would Delta do?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. "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?
3. How are the peasants, in several ways, the most helpless class of people?
4. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?
5. Under communist rule, education is from a strictly materialistic view. Why is this necessary to maintain proper thought among the citizens?
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. How did Beta's circumstances lead him to a poetry that constantly moved? Why was it restless?
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. 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?
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