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

2. Beta remained bitter because he was unable to see what?
(a) The purpose of action within a community.
(b) Man in relation to his fellow man.
(c) Individual man apart from society.
(d) Society's reasons for action.

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

4. As detailed in Chapter 6, what was the first maxim of the communist rule as it established power in a newly-conquered country?
(a) Impose educational reforms.
(b) Set minimal demands.
(c) Make the people happy so they agree.
(d) Crush opposition at all cost.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Delta, in his enthusiasm, love?

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

3. After coming to power, in 1945, the Party recognized that the best way to control a nation is through what force?

4. Why did Beta's writing assert that communism was salvation?

5. As Milosz witnessed, why was becoming a communist a difficult decision?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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