The Captive Mind Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the title of Delta's most unusual poem, which spoke in terms best understood in a dream?

2. When a man refuses to become a shock-worker in a factory, what does he soon find?

3. When do Beta's stories show that people are good?

4. What happened when Beta's artistic talent moved to the furthest boundaries of communist dictates?

5. What was the result of this group created by Gamma and his friends?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the party's definition of a reactionary reduce him to a comic level?

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. "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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The moment when bullets pierce the flesh is a moment of amazement for the body. Life and death mingle for a second..." (pg. 184). How accurate is this statement (written and read by people who have never experienced death)? How does this add to the reader's horror of these deaths?

Essay Topic 2

Prompted by Lieutenant Zbyszek's sign in the wilderness of bombed Warsaw, Alpha and Milosz reflect on the man who wrote it. What is Milosz's response, emotionally and mentally, to the sign? Using other examples from the book (e.g., the Jewish girl shot in the street or Delta's life), explain what Milosz presents about the permanence of an individual life.

Essay Topic 3

Milosz asserts that the way to rule a nation's mind is through the word. Is this true or are there other factors equally important? Given what he says about both Nazi and communist controls over the printed word, how was this played out in Poland?

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