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

2. In communist thought, where is there no division?
(a) Between man and society.
(b) Between man and woman.
(c) Between worker and peasant.
(d) Between what man does and what he thinks.

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

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

5. Why did Delta begin to write violently anti-Semitic poems?
(a) He cared deeply about the political change going on around him.
(b) He had begun to think along those lines.
(c) The Communist Party commanded him to write them.
(d) He cared more about his audience than about the content.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 8, how does the party treat whatever is not expressed?

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

4. How can the relationship between Gamma and the author be described?

5. How did Delta return to his wife in Poland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Milosz opens Chapter VI with a description of Vilna as it existed during his childhood. Is this simply to introduce Gamma or is there another reason?

5. "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?

6. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?

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

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

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

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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