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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. Who reminded the narrator of "Esperanto"?
(a) An escaping convict.
(b) A dying convict.
(c) A guard.
(d) A wandering actor.

2. What was the hospital director doing with the doctors at the opening of "Chief of Political Control"?
(a) Watching a surgery.
(b) Playing cards.
(c) Complaining about the prisoners.
(d) Playing pool.

3. What was the name of the prisoner who was allowed to drive the tractor? ("Land-Lease.")
(a) Rombard.
(b) Lebedev.
(c) Skinkov.
(d) Grieser.

4. Why was the window in the basement broken? ("My First Tooth.")
(a) To get fresh air.
(b) To get snow to melt to drink.
(c) To throw out the dead bodies.
(d) To try to escape.

5. What train station was the location of "The Train" ?
(a) Irkutsk.
(b) Tranpot.
(c) Niemerov.
(d) Diertsuv.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many carpenters were allowed to be retained in "Magic"?

2. Why did Golubev's boss like him? ("Magic.")

3. What had the narrator written complaints about? ("The Lawyers' Plot.")

4. What provided unexpected joy for the narrator in "The Lawyers' Plot"?

5. What were contained in the "magical jars" in the story "Land-Lease"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the narrator afraid to get off of the train at any station other than the Moscow station? ("The Train.")

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

3. What did convicts receive as payment for keeping their mouths shut about guards beating them? ("The Chief of Political Control.")

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

5. What "magical powers" did Stukov have? ("Magic")

6. Why was Stukov contemptuous and delighted by the shifty-eyed man's admittance about his being an informant? ("Magic")

7. What bliss did the narrator find while in Irkutsk? ("The Train.")

8. What did the bulldozer, in "Land-Lease," come to be used for?

9. Why was Golubev called to Stukov's home in "Magic"?

10. Why did Praga, in "Esperanto," hack his clothing to rags?

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