Kolyma Tales Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why was the Siberian dwarf cedar called a "weatherman" by the narrator?

The Siberian dwarf tree was called a "weatherman" in the story "The Pushover Job." The tree was called this by the narrator because to tree would bend over and lay flat when it was going to snow. If there was no snow in the "forecast," the tree would stay upright.

2. What did the narrator in "A Pushover Job" and his companion do to full-fill their quota of pine needles?

The narrator and his companion were not close to filling their quota of pine needles. To insure that they would not be found out, they placed a stone in the bag to make it look as though they had filled their quota.

3. In the story "In The Night," how did Bagretsov cut his finger?

In the story "In The Night," Bagretsov cut his finger on a rock. He was moving rocks off of a corpse and one of the rocks sliced his finger open.

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