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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) Bathe.
(b) Change clothes.
(c) Boil water.
(d) Make bread.

2. What work gang was never worried about in regard to running away? ("Major Pugachov's Last Battle.")
(a) The mine gang.
(b) The bathhouse gang.
(c) The road gang.
(d) The forestry gang.

3. What happened to Garkunov at the end of "On Tick"?
(a) He fell asleep.
(b) He escaped.
(c) He died.
(d) He gave in to the requests.

4. What did Seva refuse to play cards for? ("On Tick.")
(a) A blanket.
(b) Boots.
(c) A pillow.
(d) A coat.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the sectarian need his extra portion of food to do? ("Quiet.")

2. In "Major Pugachov's Last Battle," what did Major Pugachov tell a party boss he was preparing for?

3. What did Merzlakov steal when he "miraculously managed" to get a stable-hand job at the camps?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What decision did the men in "Dry Rations" make regarding their food?

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

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

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