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

2. Delta would have fit well into what time period?

3. In cycles that lasted several days, what would Delta do?

4. How much time did Beta spend in the concentration camp Auschwitz?

5. What did Gamma's second wife wear?

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 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?

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. "Still, it was not easy to become a communist, for communism meant a complete revision of one's concepts of nationality " (pg. 147). How was this true?

5. 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?

6. How was Delta able to play the game that the center demanded of him--and be better at it?

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

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

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

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?

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

Given the examples only of these four men, what is your impression of communism? Is it possible to get a good idea of both communist ideals and its reality by reading about their lives? Use examples from their chapters to illustrate your thoughts.

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