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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. While talking to Beker, who is about to be burned at the crematorium because he is too weak to work, what is Beta's attitude?
2. Beta remained bitter because he was unable to see what?
3. After coming to power, in 1945, the Party recognized that the best way to control a nation is through what force?
4. In Chapter 5, how is Beta characterized?
5. How did Delta return to his wife in Poland?
Short Essay Questions
1. Beta's anger toward mankind became directed toward a fear of self-deception. How did this happen?
2. 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?
3. How were Beta and the people of his generation fallen into dark hopelessness?
4. 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?
5. Milosz states that the goals of the workers are far different from those of the state. How is this so?
6. Beta saw life only in terms of society rather than in terms of individual man. How was this his downfall?
7. Why is Gamma called "the slave of history"? Whose interests does he serve?
8. 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?
9. Under communist rule, education is from a strictly materialistic view. Why is this necessary to maintain proper thought among the citizens?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"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 2
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?
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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