In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison 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 does Abbott claim guards instigate violence in prison?

2. Which author does Abbott reference in this section?

3. What does Abbott mock Vietnam Veterans for being?

4. What does Abbott say he appreciates seeing on his cell window?

5. What is the name of the prison system Solzyhenitsyn exposed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Abbott say about Stendhal's novel, THE RED AND THE BLACK?

2. What is Abbott's opinion of American society?

3. Why does Abbott liken the prison system to liking a dog?

4. What does Abbot state are his reasons for taking heroin and marijuana?

5. Why does Abbott think Vietnam veterans should feel shame for their part in the Vietnam War?

6. Why does Abbott say he supports Communism?

7. Why does Abbott say he admires Russia?

8. What does Abbott say about Communist revolution?

9. Why does Abbott think Gilmore insists on the death penalty?

10. What was the third racist incident Abbott experienced during his time away from prison?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Abbott think democracy is so slanted against black people? In what way does Communist philosophy try to do away with such prejudice?

Essay Topic 2

Why did so many people in American prisons take up the principles of Communism? How did the Communists take adavantage of this?

Essay Topic 3

How would Abbott cope in the outside world? How do you think conditions in prison could be changed to help socialize the inmates better?

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