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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 Milosz's understanding, the class of the bourgeois is comprised of what people?
(a) Workers.
(b) Workers and peasants.
(c) Small merchants and craftsmen.
(d) National companies.

2. Beta described the concentration camp as he saw it; how should he have described it?
(a) As the Nazis intended.
(b) As the Soviets wanted him to see it.
(c) As the liberating American saw it.
(d) As it really was.

3. How did Delta return to his wife in Poland?
(a) With a girlfriend he'd brought from Brussels.
(b) With a girl he'd picked up at the Polish border.
(c) Completely sober.
(d) Without a single penny.

4. 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) Hiding with the underground resistance.
(b) Swimming across the river.
(c) Hiding in the surrounding forests.
(d) Turning themselves in as prisoners of war.

5. How was Delta's cheerful poetry treated?
(a) Mocked by the public.
(b) Put to good use by the party.
(c) Scorned by the party as sentimental.
(d) Ignored by the party.

Short Answer Questions

1. Often when Milosz sees women walking through the streets of Paris, what does he remember?

2. Why is Christianity the state's primary enemy?

3. What kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?

4. During Gamma's youth, Poland gradually separated along what lines?

5. Why are workers told that it is a crime to strike?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. "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?

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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