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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. As detailed in Chapter 6, what was the first maxim of the communist rule as it established power in a newly-conquered country?
(a) Impose educational reforms.
(b) Crush opposition at all cost.
(c) Set minimal demands.
(d) Make the people happy so they agree.

2. Why do Party dialecticians change the Method when necessary?
(a) They want to stay one step ahead of the reactionaries.
(b) They are forced to modernize.
(c) History has destroyed all other formulae which claim to be unerring.
(d) Reality proves the Method to be unworkable.

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

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

5. As the NKVD began mass deportation, how did Gamma write communist propaganda?
(a) To keep from being deported himself.
(b) Even as his family was deported to Siberia.
(c) In support of the deportations.
(d) Because, by doing it he could save his family.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chapter 8, how does communism define the reactionary?

2. When Delta's writing no longer pleased the party, what happened?

3. Apart from his poetry, what was Delta's personality?

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

5. Delta would have fit well into what time period?

Short Essay Questions

1. "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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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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