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 "A Piece of Meat," who "offered" a "bloody sacrifice"?

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

3. In "Quiet," what was concerning to the narrator about the tables in the camp dining room?

4. What was the last thing that Golubev said in "A Piece of Meat"?

5. What did the narrator claim was the last human emotion? ("Sententious.")

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did Platonov, in "The Snake Charmer," die?

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

8. In "Sententious," who did the narrator say that he envied?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Magic seemed to be the only way that some men made it out of the camps of Kolyma alive. Discuss three examples throughout the text where "magic" seemed to be responsible for survival. (Think of how "magic" was depicted in the story "Magic" to help answer this question.)

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Based off of the text as a whole, describe the kind of life that a man in the Kloyma forced-labor camps lived. What did their days consist of? What were their fears? What was expected of them? How were they treated?

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