Kolyma Tales Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Glebov want at the end of "In the Night"?

2. During what months would the dwarf cedar tree rise up from the ground?

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

4. What was the narrator sitting by at the opening of "The Snake Charmer"?

5. What did Merzlakov pretend was hurt so that he would not have to return to work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the narrator say about death in "Sententious"?

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

3. How did the story "Sententious" end?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What "piece of meat" did Golubev offer up in sacrifice? ("A Piece of Meat.")

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author learned many different things during his time spent in Kolyma. Choose two different lessons that the author learned and discuss why these were important. What was the lesson? How was the lesson learned? How did this affect the life of the author after the experience?

Essay Topic 2

Objects from the civilian world held great value for the men of Kolyma. Discuss three objects from the civilized world, what was done to keep the object in the possession of the owner, why the owner lost the possession, and how the owner felt about their possession.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the men in the forced-labor camps of Kolyma changed during their stay. Choose of of the people described in the text and discuss how they changed because of their stay at Kolyma.

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