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

2. 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) "Utopia."
(d) "The Count of Montecristo."

3. What had Merzlakov received for breakfast on the morning that he compared humans to livestock?
(a) One slice of bread.
(b) Three spoonfuls of porridge.
(c) Two eggs.
(d) An ounce of milk.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the narrator say "materialized out of nowhere"? ("Sententious.")

2. What kind of bird did the narrator say was unafraid of people and could be shot easily? ("Sententious.")

3. Who did Gorbunov kill in "Major Pugachov's Last Battle"?

4. What was the last thing that Golubev said in "A Piece of Meat"?

5. In "Quiet," what was concerning to the narrator about the tables in the camp dining room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Garkunov die at the end of "On Tick"?

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

3. What did the extra food give the sectarian the energy to do in "Quiet"?

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

5. Why did Platonov decide to tell the thieves a story? ("The Snake Charmer.")

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

7. Why was the Siberian dwarf cedar called a "weatherman" by the narrator?

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

9. Why did Merzlakov fake a back injury in "Shock Therapy"?

10. Why were camp officials perplexed by the convicts avoidance of the bathhouse?

(see the answer keys)

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