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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 did Delta, in his enthusiasm, love?
2. The last time Milosz saw Beta, how did the unassuming poet look?
3. Beta wrote poems characterized by what?
4. As detailed in Chapter 6, what was the first maxim of the communist rule as it established power in a newly-conquered country?
5. In the people's democracies, according the Chapter 8, what does the most serious battle concern?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the party's definition of a reactionary reduce him to a comic level?
2. How was Delta able to play the game that the center demanded of him--and be better at it?
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. Beta saw life only in terms of society rather than in terms of individual man. How was this his downfall?
5. Eventually Delta's poems became something of a dream, unreal. How was this inevitable?
6. Beta's anger toward mankind became directed toward a fear of self-deception. How did this happen?
7. 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?
8. Why is Gamma called "the slave of history"? Whose interests does he serve?
9. How were Beta and the people of his generation fallen into dark hopelessness?
10. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In different ways, the Polish people learned to contain and even condense their emotions, letting only the most elemental emotions show. What does this say about man's ability to survive difficult times? To what extent were the people reduced to the physiological level of hunted animals? Use examples from the book to show how emotions were stripped down to their most basic level.
Essay Topic 2
Beta's stories portray man as an animal, barely held in check by the restraints of civilization. How is this demonstrated in Poland during World War II? Given the progression of Poland through capitalism, Nazism, and communism, was man's good or animal side stronger? Which one triumphed? Also, use examples from the book of people acting out of goodness.
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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