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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Pesniakevich's mother own in Minsk? ("Prosthetic Appliances.")
(a) A whore-house.
(b) A bookstore.
(c) A coffee shop.
(d) A laundry.

6. What was Glebov's old occupation before being sent to the camps?
(a) A dentist.
(b) A carpenter.
(c) A lawyer.
(d) A doctor.

7. 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) NHF.
(d) X.

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

9. What was no convict able to have of his own? ("In the Bathhouse.")
(a) Shoes.
(b) Socks.
(c) Towels.
(d) Underwear.

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

11. During what months would the dwarf cedar tree rise up from the ground?
(a) April or May.
(b) March or April.
(c) September or October.
(d) December or January.

12. What did the narrator compare the hills to in "A Pushover Job"?
(a) Sugar cookies.
(b) Frosted glass.
(c) Clouds.
(d) Loaves of sugar.

13. Because of the barrenness of the winter, as described in "A Pushover Job," how far could a person be seen from?
(a) A mile away.
(b) Half a mile away.
(c) 500 feet away.
(d) A quarter mile away.

14. What did "Carpenters" state men were not shown?
(a) Where the blankets were.
(b) The food trucks.
(c) A thermometer.
(d) A clock.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Snake Charmer," how long did Platonov say that he had been in Jankhar?

2. What mountain spring did the narrator and his three companions reach at the beginning of "Dry Rations"?

3. What was the narrator sitting by at the opening of "The Snake Charmer"?

4. To whom was "Sententious" dedicated?

5. Why did Kurchen write his letter with his left hand instead of his right?

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