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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was denied hot food for refusing to give up his prosthetic arm?
(a) Karavaev.
(b) Shor.
(c) Panin.
(d) Grisha.

2. What did Fedya call Platonov in "The Snake Charmer"?
(a) Michael.
(b) Russian.
(c) Ivan.
(d) Igor.

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

4. What story did the men at the fire NOT want to hear Platonov tell? (The Snake Charmer.")
(a) "The Vampire."
(b) "Utopia."
(c) "The Club of Black Jacks."
(d) "The Count of Montecristo."

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

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

7. What did Garkunov have under his dirty undershirt?
(a) A fleece jacket.
(b) A flak jacket.
(c) A linen shirt.
(d) A sweater.

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

9. What prints did the men in "Dry Rations" follow to get to the spring?
(a) Wagon prints.
(b) Deer prints.
(c) Tractor prints.
(d) Solider's foot prints.

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

11. What work gang was never worried about in regard to running away? ("Major Pugachov's Last Battle.")
(a) The bathhouse gang.
(b) The forestry gang.
(c) The road gang.
(d) The mine gang.

12. What did the narrator, in "Sententious," claim was the first pity to return?
(a) Pity for loved-ones.
(b) Pity for self.
(c) Pity for animals.
(d) Pity for mankind.

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

14. What did the prisoners refuse to eat in the dining hall and take back to their barracks? ("Major Pugachov's Last Battle.")
(a) Soup.
(b) Crackers.
(c) Bread.
(d) Kasha.

15. What did the narrator say was the only thing that a prisoner would wash if he were only allotted a spoonful of water to bathe?
(a) His nose.
(b) His ears.
(c) His mouth.
(d) His eyes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Potashnikov receive for dinner at the end of "Carpenters"?

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

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

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

5. During what months would the dwarf cedar tree rise up from the ground?

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