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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) Tell a different story every time.
(c) Go into great detail about his hometown.
(d) Fall silent.

2. While living in exile, how did Delta feel?
(a) A poor writer.
(b) Lonely and forgotten.
(c) A drunkard.
(d) Popular and well-liked.

3. Delta would have fit well into what time period?
(a) Wandering jesters.
(b) Medieval monks.
(c) Egyptian kings.
(d) Roman gladiators.

4. Beta wrote poems characterized by what?
(a) Lack of faith and the facing of death as reality.
(b) Leaning on the poet's weak faith in an effort to flee death.
(c) Taking bitter joy in the despair of the poet's surroundings.
(d) Crying out to God for deliverance.

5. In the concentration camp, what kind of life does Beta lead?
(a) With experiences which he never talks about afterward.
(b) Hungry and miserable, but happy to be alive.
(c) Healthy and well-dressed, and brags about it.
(d) Healthy and well-dressed, but cannot escape his guilt.

Short Answer Questions

1. After coming to power, in 1945, the Party recognized that the best way to control a nation is through what force?

2. In Milosz's understanding, the class of the bourgeois is comprised of what people?

3. In a weekly magazine, Delta published short theater scenes under what title?

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

5. As he got older, how did Gamma feel about his life?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How could Delta, who was not racist, write such violently anti-Semitic material?

3. How was Delta's poetry some of the most insightful work being written at the time?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Beta saw life only in terms of society rather than in terms of individual man. How was this his downfall?

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

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