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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. Beta described the concentration camp as he saw it; how should he have described it?
(a) As the liberating American saw it.
(b) As the Nazis intended.
(c) As it really was.
(d) As the Soviets wanted him to see it.

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

3. According to Chapter 8, how does communism define the reactionary?
(a) Reverts to the traditional way of thinking.
(b) Is incapable of seeing how everything is interdependent.
(c) Acts contrary to party principles.
(d) Refuses to agree wholeheartedly with the party.

4. What was the result of this group created by Gamma and his friends?
(a) Disbanded after two years because it lost popularity.
(b) Publicly praised for its faithfulness to communist ideals.
(c) The beginning of the communist government in Warsaw.
(d) Exiled for trying to usurp power from the center in Moscow.

5. How much time did Beta spend in the concentration camp Auschwitz?
(a) Three years.
(b) Two years.
(c) Two months.
(d) The rest of his life.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the concentration camp, what kind of life does Beta lead?

3. As Chapter 8 briefly explains, how does the State regard the propertied class?

4. In the people's democracies, according the Chapter 8, what does the most serious battle concern?

5. When he spent time in Moscow, what kinds of reports did Delta send back?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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