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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What dessert were the prisoners fed in "Quiet"?
(a) Pudding.
(b) Cake.
(c) Sugared bread.
(d) Fruit.

2. In "A Piece of Meat," who "offered" a "bloody sacrifice"?
(a) Gulliver.
(b) Yakut.
(c) Praga.
(d) Golubev.

3. In "Major Pugachov's Last Battle," what keys did Gorbunov come to the guardhouse to get?
(a) The clothing room keys.
(b) The grain room keys.
(c) The food storeroom keys.
(d) The bathhouse keys.

4. From what book were the cards made from that were used in "On Tick"?
(a) A book by Shakespeare.
(b) A bible.
(c) A book by Victor Hugo.
(d) Matchbooks.

5. In "Shock Therapy," what was described as Merzlakov's former profession?
(a) A stable-hand.
(b) A farmer.
(c) A cattle rancher.
(d) A grain cutter.

6. Whose job was it to run the bathhouse and disinfect clothes at the work camps?
(a) The section commanders.
(b) The Bathhouse Squad.
(c) The Sanitation Squad.
(d) The work-men from the barracks.

7. To what Shakespearean character was the taker of "meat" compared?
(a) Antonio.
(b) Lorenzo.
(c) MacBeth.
(d) Shylock.

8. In "A Pushover Job," which northern tree did the narrator state that he loved the most?
(a) The dwarf pine.
(b) The giant elm.
(c) The massive oak.
(d) The dwarf cedar.

9. To whom was "Sententious" dedicated?
(a) Romentz Bulvikov.
(b) Simon Gradstrom.
(c) Nitkita Drezgrov.
(d) Nadezhda Mandelshtam.

10. What appeared on a tree stump at the end of "Sententious"?
(a) A pouch of tobacco.
(b) A pint of vodka.
(c) A record-player.
(d) A clean pair of underware.

11. In "Prosthetic Appliances," what would a guard mark a cell with if the cell was not to receive hot food?
(a) XX.
(b) XHF.
(c) X.
(d) NHF.

12. Who did Fedya write to at the end of "Dry Rations"?
(a) His mother.
(b) His wife.
(c) His father.
(d) His brother.

13. What was the last thing that Golubev said in "A Piece of Meat"?
(a) "There is always tomorrow."
(b) "Go to hell."
(c) "Never again."
(d) "Leave me to die."

14. What did the narrator claim was a "special joy for a convict"? ("Dry Rations")
(a) To eat alone.
(b) To eat with friends.
(c) To prepare food.
(d) To have thick soup.

15. What mountain spring did the narrator and his three companions reach at the beginning of "Dry Rations"?
(a) Supktov.
(b) Mitenth.
(c) Nintekuv.
(d) Duskania.

Short Answer Questions

1. For Potashnikov, how long did his breakfast sustain his work? ("Carpenters.")

2. What did the prisoners refuse to eat in the dining hall and take back to their barracks? ("Major Pugachov's Last Battle.")

3. What did Merzlakov pretend was hurt so that he would not have to return to work?

4. What was no convict able to have of his own? ("In the Bathhouse.")

5. What was a "kolymka"?

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