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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Golubev fake so he would not have to return to work? ("A Piece of Meat")
(a) Appendicitis.
(b) Hearing loss.
(c) A broken back.
(d) A broken rib.

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

3. In "A Pushover Job," which northern tree did the narrator state that he loved the most?
(a) The giant elm.
(b) The massive oak.
(c) The dwarf pine.
(d) The dwarf cedar.

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

5. What mountain spring did the narrator and his three companions reach at the beginning of "Dry Rations"?
(a) Supktov.
(b) Duskania.
(c) Mitenth.
(d) Nintekuv.

Short Answer Questions

1. Because of the barrenness of the winter, as described in "A Pushover Job," how far could a person be seen from?

2. For Potashnikov, how long did his breakfast sustain his work? ("Carpenters.")

3. In "Prosthetic Appliances," what would a guard mark a cell with if the cell was not to receive hot food?

4. 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?

5. What did Bagretsov cut his finger on as he lay on the ground near Glebov?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to the Spam that was sent to the camps from America? ("Land-Lease.")

2. In "The Bathhouse," why was lice a relative concept to most convicts?

3. What game did the lieutenant and the narrator play during "The Train"?

4. What was the "circle" that was created regarding the relationship between work and food in "Shock Therapy"?

5. What did the narrator in "A Pushover Job" and his companion do to full-fill their quota of pine needles?

6. Why did the narrator decide that he had not been lucky in getting called to Romanov's home? ("The Lawyer's Plot.")

7. Why did the convicts that had been in the camps take their bread back to their barracks? ("Major Pugachov's Last Battle")

8. Why did the narrator state that love was the hardest emotion to return to convicts? ("Sententious.")

9. Why were the convicts unable to eat the horse meat in "Esperanto"?

10. Who was Ornaldo as described in "The Used-Book Dealer"?

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