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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. In cycles that lasted several days, what would Delta do?
(a) Write his poems.
(b) Walk the streets.
(c) Drink alcohol.
(d) Take drugs.

2. During Gamma's youth, Poland gradually separated along what lines?
(a) The capitalists and communists.
(b) Pro-Semitic and anti-Semitic.
(c) The nationalistic right and socialist left.
(d) The traditional right and Soviet left.

3. As the Polish fought the Germans for control of Warsaw near the end of the war, how did a few people manage to survive?
(a) Swimming across the river.
(b) Hiding with the underground resistance.
(c) Turning themselves in as prisoners of war.
(d) Hiding in the surrounding forests.

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

5. Often when Milosz sees women walking through the streets of Paris, what does he remember?
(a) A Jewish girl shot while running for her life.
(b) An unknown girl run over by an SS truck.
(c) His dead wife.
(d) A Polish girl brushing her hair.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do Party dialecticians change the Method when necessary?

2. What was the end result of Gamma's poetry?

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

4. Beta wrote poems characterized by what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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