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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the beginning of "In The Night," what had just ended?
(a) Supper.
(b) Breakfast.
(c) Lunch.
(d) Noon tea.

2. What did the sectarian need his extra portion of food to do? ("Quiet.")
(a) Get a good nights rest.
(b) Find hope in life.
(c) Decide to die.
(d) Lok forward to the next day.

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

4. What was the narrator sitting by at the opening of "The Snake Charmer"?
(a) A gun.
(b) A fence.
(c) A boulder.
(d) A tree.

5. What did the narrator claim had left all men, in "Dry Rations," because of the long fasts that they suffered through?
(a) All desire to survive.
(b) All will to live.
(c) All need for food.
(d) All human emotions.

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

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

8. To what Shakespearean character was the taker of "meat" compared?
(a) Shylock.
(b) Lorenzo.
(c) MacBeth.
(d) Antonio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Seva refuse to play cards for? ("On Tick.")

2. What did the narrator claim was the last human emotion? ("Sententious.")

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

4. What was the name of the religious sect spoken about in "Quiet"?

5. What was a "kolymka"?

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