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. How were Gamma's interactions with people characterized?

2. As detailed in Chapter 6, what was the first maxim of the communist rule as it established power in a newly-conquered country?

3. In Russia, what organization did Gamma and several of his friends create?

4. What kind of mentality do peasants have, according to the state?

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

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. "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?

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

4. Why does Milosz go to such pains to describe Gamma, when the other writers found in his book are given only a few sentences of description?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

"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

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.

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