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. What was the end result of Gamma's poetry?

2. Rather than condemning the four men about whom he writes, how does Milosz open Chapter 8?

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

4. How was Delta's cheerful poetry treated?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. Beta's anger toward mankind became directed toward a fear of self-deception. How did this happen?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through Party propaganda and education, communism suppresses man's ability to think for himself. How do the people presented in The Captive Mind either fight or accept this suppression? Consider only the main subjects of the book, including their writing for the underground or for the party.

Essay Topic 2

This question has been growing throughout the book: Why does Milosz write? As you answer, consider the writer's responsibility in the world, and the responsibility of a man who has witnessed great evil. Intellectually and ethically, did Milosz make the right choice to write what he saw?

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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