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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. How were Gamma's interactions with people characterized?
2. At a fairly young age, how did Beta die?
3. In Chapter 8, Milosz explains that the totalitarian states places such emotional strain on its citizens that what occurs?
4. Because he believed in earthly salvation, what did Beta argue?
5. The last time Milosz saw Beta, how did the unassuming poet look?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Beta's circumstances lead him to a poetry that constantly moved? Why was it restless?
2. How could Delta, who was not racist, write such violently anti-Semitic material?
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. Milosz states that the goals of the workers are far different from those of the state. How is this so?
5. How was Delta able to play the game that the center demanded of him--and be better at it?
6. How were Beta and the people of his generation fallen into dark hopelessness?
7. 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?
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. 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?
10. Why is Gamma called "the slave of history"? Whose interests does he serve?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The book is fraught with nationalist tendencies, including the pride Milosz feels for his native city Vilna. What does this tell the reader about Milosz's idea of place? How does he act on (or, conversely, react to) these national tendencies? In the end, is he loyal to Poland?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Several people in The Captive Mind believe that life without religion, philosophy, and art is not worth living. Is this true? Are there necessary things which this list does not include or, conversely, is the list too long? Be sure to define the terms clearly (e.g., is art a painting hung on the wall, or is it the beauty found throughout the world?)
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