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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who did Gorbunov kill in "Major Pugachov's Last Battle"?
(a) A man who took his shoes.
(b) Another prisoner.
(c) A guard.
(d) A man who took his bread.

2. What did the narrator say "materialized out of nowhere"? ("Sententious.")
(a) Food.
(b) Bread.
(c) Song.
(d) People.

3. What article of the Criminal Code defined political prisoners?
(a) 58.
(b) 14.
(c) 67.
(d) 114.

4. According to Merzlakov, who were the first to die in the camps?
(a) The "starved men."
(b) The "hungry men."
(c) The "larger men."
(d) The "scrawny men."

5. What did the narrator always fail to do in time for dinner? ("Sententious.")
(a) Change clothes.
(b) Make bread.
(c) Boil water.
(d) Bathe.

6. In "In The Night," what were Glebov and Bagretsov looking for?
(a) A lost purse.
(b) A bread supply.
(c) A road to escape.
(d) A dead body.

7. In "Sententious," how many shotguns were kept in the tent of the narrator?
(a) 1.
(b) 2.
(c) 4.
(d) 6.

8. In "Quiet," what was concerning to the narrator about the tables in the camp dining room?
(a) They were clean.
(b) They were broken.
(c) They were full of food.
(d) They were sticky.

9. What did Merzlakov steal when he "miraculously managed" to get a stable-hand job at the camps?
(a) Eggs.
(b) Wheat.
(c) Oats.
(d) Flour.

10. What did the two men, from "A Pushover Job," place into the bag of pine needles?
(a) A watch.
(b) A rabbit.
(c) A stick.
(d) A stone.

11. What did the narrator claim was "a relative concept"? ("In the Bathhouse")
(a) Lamenting.
(b) Wishes.
(c) Eating.
(d) Infestation.

12. Which of the following instruments were allowed to be used by political prisoners when under the watch of the worst camp heads?
(a) Wheelbarrow.
(b) Pick.
(c) Saw.
(d) All of those listed.

13. What did the narrator refuse to give up at the end of "Prosthetic Appliances"?
(a) His hand.
(b) His leg.
(c) His soul.
(d) His coat.

14. How many axe handles were the men in "Carpenters" required to make every day?
(a) 90.
(b) 30.
(c) 50.
(d) 70.

15. In "Carpenters," for how long had the fog been so thick that a man was not able to be seen from "two paces away"?
(a) A month.
(b) Forever.
(c) One week.
(d) 2 days.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the narrator compare the hills to in "A Pushover Job"?

2. What had Merzlakov received for breakfast on the morning that he compared humans to livestock?

3. What happened to Garkunov at the end of "On Tick"?

4. How long had Merzlakov been in the camp (according to "Shock Therapy")?

5. How did the narrator, in "Sententious," perceive the tent in which he slept?

(see the answer keys)

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