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 are the bathhouse sessions referred to in "In the Bathhouse"?

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

3. What appeared on a tree stump at the end of "Sententious"?

4. As told in "In the Bathhouse," how many men are packed into the dressing-rooms of the bathhouse?

5. What did the narrator claim had left all men, in "Dry Rations," because of the long fasts that they suffered through?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In "The Bathhouse," why was lice a relative concept to most convicts?

5. Why did Platonov decide to tell the thieves a story? ("The Snake Charmer.")

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

7. What was the "circle" that was created regarding the relationship between work and food in "Shock Therapy"?

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

9. In the story "In The Night," how did Bagretsov cut his finger?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of survival was important in the text. Discuss the different aspects of survival as depicted throughout the text. What were the different aspects of survival? What did it mean to survive? Why were there different understandings of this term?

Essay Topic 2

What impact does the fact that the text is written in first-person have on you as a reader? Why is a first-person narration important in these types of histories? What would be lost if the stories were complied as third-person narratives?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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