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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. What was the title of Beta's first book?
(a) The Stony World.
(b) The Shining Sun.
(c) The Stony Ground.
(d) The Stone and Sky.

2. What did Delta, in his enthusiasm, love?
(a) The words of intellectuals.
(b) The whirlpool of human emotions.
(c) Crowds and festivals.
(d) The literary cafes.

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

4. How can the relationship between Gamma and the author be described?
(a) An acquaintanceship.
(b) A deep friendship.
(c) A game.
(d) A love affair.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. While living in exile, how did Delta feel?

2. As detailed in Chapter 6, what was the first maxim of the communist rule as it established power in a newly-conquered country?

3. Beta wrote poems characterized by what?

4. The last time Milosz saw Beta, how did the unassuming poet look?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Eventually Delta's poems became something of a dream, unreal. How was this inevitable?

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

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. 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?

7. How did Beta's circumstances lead him to a poetry that constantly moved? Why was it restless?

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

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

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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