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. How did Gamma express his anti-Semitic views?

2. Why did Delta begin to write violently anti-Semitic poems?

3. What view of Poland's past did Delta's poetry present?

4. Because the Communist Party was at first illegal in Poland, what did party members do?

5. In Russia, what organization did Gamma and several of his friends create?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 writes that Delta could not (or would not) distinguish between truth and fable, even in his personal life. Is this the kind of mind the Party would have wanted?

5. How are the peasants, in several ways, the most helpless class of people?

6. How did Beta's circumstances lead him to a poetry that constantly moved? Why was it restless?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Though many human interactions are characterized by some degree of acting, the citizens of Soviet countries are forced to take this to an extreme. What does this tell us about the relationship between communist ideals and the individual? What should the role of government be in an individual's life? To what degree is this a perversion of how it should be? Or is this justified in the name of communist ideals?

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

Why is art outside the public mind important? Milosz says that when man thinks only in the collective body, he can no longer think other than what is necessary. In other words, personal observations and thoughts are cut off. Why, then, does he place such importance on creating art other than what is strictly necessary?

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