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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) Fall silent.
(b) Answer questions about his town but not about his family.
(c) Go into great detail about his hometown.
(d) Tell a different story every time.

2. What view of Poland's past did Delta's poetry present?
(a) The past provided an alternative to communism.
(b) The past had the power to save her people from communism.
(c) The past was close to dying out.
(d) The past held no hope of peace or rest.

3. After being captured as a Polish soldier, what happened to Delta?
(a) Spent five years in a German labor camp.
(b) Was released because he was too weak to work.
(c) Spent five years as a Russian prisoner.
(d) Was conscripted as a Russian soldier.

4. When Delta's writing no longer pleased the party, what happened?
(a) He was forced to print only in underground papers.
(b) Publishers were instructed not to print his work.
(c) Publishers were instructed to print only the work that showed he had reformed.
(d) He was exiled to Siberia for three years in a labor camp.

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 victims of historical circumstance
(c) Saying they were misguided by their education.
(d) Saying they were enslaved by their ways of thinking.

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 Delta's most unusual poem, which spoke in terms best understood in a dream?

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

4. How was Delta's cheerful poetry treated?

5. As Beta scornfully realized, how could someone have power in Poland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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