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 did Gamma express his anti-Semitic views?

2. In Chapter 5, how is Beta characterized?

3. How does Milosz describe Delta's poetry?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Beta saw life only in terms of society rather than in terms of individual man. How was this his downfall?

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

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

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. 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?

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

It would seem that the exciting and invigorating power of this participation in mass life springs from the feeling of potentiality, of constant unexpectedness, of a mystery one ever pursues" (66). How does this need, which springs up in aesthetic Ketman, drive a man's life? Party officials consider the need for strangeness a relic of the past, but how does this miss the truth of what's happening? What are the benefits of interacting within a bustling, changing environment?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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