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. Why do Party dialecticians change the Method when necessary?

2. As Beta scornfully realized, how could someone have power in Poland?

3. Because he believed in earthly salvation, what did Beta argue?

4. How were Gamma's interactions with people characterized?

5. Beta remained bitter because he was unable to see what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Delta able to play the game that the center demanded of him--and be better at it?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Given the examples only of these four men, what is your impression of communism? Is it possible to get a good idea of both communist ideals and its reality by reading about their lives? Use examples from their chapters to illustrate your thoughts.

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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