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. As the Polish fought the Germans for control of Warsaw near the end of the war, how did a few people manage to survive?

3. Why are peasants not particularly dangerous, according to Milosz?

4. What was the title of Delta's most unusual poem, which spoke in terms best understood in a dream?

5. In Chapter 5, how is Beta characterized?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Eventually Delta's poems became something of a dream, unreal. How was this inevitable?

3. Rather than blaming these four men for the choices they made, Milosz says they were slaves to history. How is this true?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. Why is Gamma called "the slave of history"? Whose interests does he serve?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Milosz repeatedly returns to the idea that religion is dead. Is this true? If so, how is it replaced in modern society? Keep in mind his argument that man craves the mysterious, and so religion is necessarily replaced.

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