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. When man is faced with constant death and when life seems meaningless, how does dialectical materialism seem?

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

3. In communist thought, where is there no division?

4. Why are peasants not particularly dangerous, according to Milosz?

5. In Milosz's understanding, the class of the bourgeois is comprised of what people?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Under communist rule, education is from a strictly materialistic view. Why is this necessary to maintain proper thought among the citizens?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

"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?

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