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 view of Poland's past did Delta's poetry present?

2. Apart from his poetry, what was Delta's personality?

3. In the concentration camp, what is Beta's job?

4. In Chapter 8, how does the party treat whatever is not expressed?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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

Milosz called Beta's war stories terrifying because they were told simply and truthfully, almost brutally. How is it possible to tell such stories with so little emotion? To what degree is empathy a necessary quality of stories? Is it possible for the reader, removed by many decades and a culture, to experience a similar lack of sympathy?

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