The Captive Mind Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are workers told that it is a crime to strike?

2. As Milosz witnessed, why was becoming a communist a difficult decision?

3. The state methods of teaching give the illusion of what?

4. After coming to power, in 1945, the Party recognized that the best way to control a nation is through what force?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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