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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. Why was Gamma's writing weak?
(a) Proper doctrine.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Human emotion.
(d) Previous success.

2. As he got older, how did Gamma feel about his life?
(a) He had wasted his youth on reckless living.
(b) He had wasted his youth in service of the party.
(c) He had not devoted enough energy to the party.
(d) He had become too comfortable with his accomplishments.

3. Why are workers told that it is a crime to strike?
(a) It is not in the best interests of the state.
(b) They are working for the state, which is to say for themselves.
(c) The highest goal of state factories is efficiency.
(d) It has drastic negative effects on the entire nation.

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

5. As Beta scornfully realized, how could someone have power in Poland?
(a) Destroy all Polish underground resistance.
(b) Follow the procedures established by the Polish government.
(c) Overcome the Nazis.
(d) Seize it by force.

Short Answer Questions

1. After two years, Delta returned again to favor, and how did his future look?

2. Rather than condemning the four men about whom he writes, how does Milosz open Chapter 8?

3. In Chapter 8, Milosz explains that the totalitarian states places such emotional strain on its citizens that what occurs?

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

5. How much time did Beta spend in the concentration camp Auschwitz?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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