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 the narrator claim was "a relative concept"? ("In the Bathhouse")

2. What was Glebov's old occupation before being sent to the camps?

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

4. What did Pesniakevich's mother own in Minsk? ("Prosthetic Appliances.")

5. What did "Carpenters" state men were not shown?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why did the narrator state that love was the hardest emotion to return to convicts? ("Sententious.")

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

8. What happened to Grigoriev and Potashnikov after the foreman found out that they were not carpenters?

9. How did the story "Sententious" end?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The narrator in "My First Tooth" stated that "even if you can't get something published, it's easier to bear a thing if you write it down. Once you've done that, you can forget." Do you agree with the narrator's statement? Why?/Why not? What is healing about writing something down? How may it help?

Essay Topic 3

Based upon the text, what three things do you think that the forced-laborers in Kolyma needed to survive? Find three different needs and explain why they were necessary for survival in Kolyma.

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