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

2. What did the narrator say that he refused to listen to? ("Sententious.")
(a) Love stories.
(b) Fairy tales.
(c) Songs.
(d) Promises.

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

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

5. How many men were standing in the corridor awaiting a strip search? ("Prosthetic Appliances.")
(a) 8.
(b) 12.
(c) 6.
(d) 3.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What did Golubev fake so he would not have to return to work? ("A Piece of Meat")

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

5. Which of the following instruments were allowed to be used by political prisoners when under the watch of the worst camp heads?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What prosthetics were collected by the guards in "Prosthetic Appliances"?

3. Given that convicts were not allowed to see a thermometer, how did they know when temperatures reached 60 degrees below zero in "Carpenters"?

4. What question did the new arrivals ask of the old convicts in "Major Pugachov's Last Battle"?

5. What did Savelev do after finding Ivanovich hung himself?

6. How did Platonov, in "The Snake Charmer," die?

7. Who did Gloubev recognize in the hospital as he was recovering from his appendectomy? ("A Piece of Meat.")

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

9. What notations did the guards, described in "Prosthetic Appliances", use to show that a convict would not receive hot food and/or bread?

10. How did the story "Sententious" end?

(see the answer keys)

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