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 much time did Beta spend in the concentration camp Auschwitz?

2. According to Chapter 8, how does communism define the reactionary?

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

4. In Chapter 8, Milosz explains that the totalitarian states places such emotional strain on its citizens that what occurs?

5. At a fairly young age, how did Beta die?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The book is fraught with nationalist tendencies, including the pride Milosz feels for his native city Vilna. What does this tell the reader about Milosz's idea of place? How does he act on (or, conversely, react to) these national tendencies? In the end, is he loyal to Poland?

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