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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. As the NKVD began mass deportation, how did Gamma write communist propaganda?
2. What did Delta, in his enthusiasm, love?
3. In the concentration camp, what kind of life does Beta lead?
4. What happened when Beta's artistic talent moved to the furthest boundaries of communist dictates?
5. Often when Milosz sees women walking through the streets of Paris, what does he remember?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. How were Beta's stories a fitting insight into his nihilist worldview?
5. How could Delta, who was not racist, write such violently anti-Semitic material?
6. Beta's anger toward mankind became directed toward a fear of self-deception. How did this happen?
7. Milosz calls Beta's reaction to the concentration camp life sadistic. How is this true?
8. 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?
9. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is the relationship between Western and Eastern communism? How do the citizens of each sphere think about and react to each other? Find specific examples of their current interactions, and project the outcome of these to the future. Will they always look at the world through such disparate viewpoints?
Essay Topic 2
Milosz begins Chapter 4 by saying that the ethical and moral considerations that helped man make decisions in the past have become merely theoretical, inconsequential in the face of changes. What does this say about the changes brought on Eastern Europe from the mid-1930s onward? Given what you know of European history, how were these changes radically different from anything that had come before?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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