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. In "Shock Therapy," what was described as Merzlakov's former profession?

2. In "In The Night," what were Glebov and Bagretsov looking for?

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

4. In "The Snake Charmer," how long did Platonov say that he had been in Jankhar?

5. Which of the following instruments were allowed to be used by political prisoners when under the watch of the worst camp heads?

Short Essay Questions

1. What plans did Bagretsov have for the underwear that he took off of the corpse?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What materials were needed to make the playing cards that the men in "On Tick" used?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Prosthetic Appliances," the narrator described the dehumanizing actions that guards put laborers through. Men were required to give up even their most intimate needs. Discuss how some men in Kolyma refused to give up what meant the most to them and what happened because of this refusal.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In "A Piece of Meat," the narrator stated that "the rudimentary organ turned out not to be rudimentary at all, but essential, functioning, life-saving." Find, and discuss, three examples where a rudimentary object turned out to be "essential, functioning and life-saving."

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