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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 kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?
(a) Middle-class.
(b) Low-class.
(c) Feudalist.
(d) Unrealistic.

2. As Beta relates, when Greek prisoners cannot march because they are too weak, how are they first punished?
(a) With three days' hard labor.
(b) With sticks tied to their legs.
(c) With beatings.
(d) With death.

3. Where did the man Gamma grow up?
(a) The country.
(b) The city.
(c) A party member's home.
(d) An eighteenth-century palace.

4. In Russia, what organization did Gamma and several of his friends create?
(a) The Society of Enlightened Communist Workers.
(b) The Society for the Well-Being of Mankind.
(c) The Union of Workers.
(d) The Union of Patriots.

5. In Chapter 8, Milosz explains that the totalitarian states places such emotional strain on its citizens that what occurs?
(a) They cannot survive long as individuals.
(b) They will cease to think for themselves.
(c) The strain itself determines their actions.
(d) The people cannot be responsible for their actions.

Short Answer Questions

1. While talking to Beker, who is about to be burned at the crematorium because he is too weak to work, what is Beta's attitude?

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

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

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

5. Why was Gamma's writing weak?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. "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?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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