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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. For Potashnikov, how long did his breakfast sustain his work? ("Carpenters.")
(a) One hour.
(b) 90 Minutes.
(c) 120 minutes.
(d) 150 minutes.

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

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

8. In "A Piece of Meat," how did Golubev always sleep?
(a) With a blanket over his head.
(b) Sitting up.
(c) In his clothes.
(d) Standing.

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

10. What did Glebov want at the end of "In the Night"?
(a) A warm meal.
(b) A coffee.
(c) A smoke.
(d) A new coat.

11. What did Merzlakov pretend was hurt so that he would not have to return to work?
(a) His leg.
(b) His shoulder.
(c) His back.
(d) His hand.

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

13. As told in "In the Bathhouse," how many men are packed into the dressing-rooms of the bathhouse?
(a) Ten to fifteen.
(b) Five.
(c) Twenty at a time.
(d) Up to a hundred.

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

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 eyes.
(c) His ears.
(d) His mouth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the narrator refuse to give up at the end of "Prosthetic Appliances"?

2. What did Fedya call Platonov in "The Snake Charmer"?

3. What article of the Criminal Code defined political prisoners?

4. What did Garkunov have under his dirty undershirt?

5. What did the narrator say that he refused to listen to? ("Sententious.")

(see the answer keys)

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