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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happened to Garkunov at the end of "On Tick"?
(a) He died.
(b) He fell asleep.
(c) He gave in to the requests.
(d) He escaped.

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

3. What did the narrator, in "Sententious," claim that each day brought?
(a) The danger of a "lurch into death."
(b) The desire to die.
(c) The urge to escape.
(d) The renewed hope of life.

4. 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) 2 days.
(c) One week.
(d) Forever.

5. How long had Merzlakov been in the camp (according to "Shock Therapy")?
(a) A year and a half.
(b) One year.
(c) Six days.
(d) Two years.

6. Who was shot in "Quiet"?
(a) The guard's dog.
(b) The guard.
(c) The sectarian.
(d) The food server.

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

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

9. What did the narrator say that he refused to listen to? ("Sententious.")
(a) Songs.
(b) Love stories.
(c) Promises.
(d) Fairy tales.

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

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

12. What did the narrator claim was the farthest thing from envy, fear and bitterness? ("Sententious.")
(a) Solidarity.
(b) Warmth.
(c) Caring.
(d) Love.

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

14. What was a "kolymka"?
(a) A pudding.
(b) A lamp.
(c) A bread.
(d) A camp.

15. Where were the needles of the dwarf cedar tree taken to?
(a) A work house.
(b) The bathouse.
(c) The commander's home.
(d) A "vitamin factory."

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was denied hot food for refusing to give up his prosthetic arm?

2. Who did Fedya write to at the end of "Dry Rations"?

3. What prints did the men in "Dry Rations" follow to get to the spring?

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

5. What did the narrator claim was "a relative concept"? ("In the Bathhouse")

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