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 kind of bird did the narrator say was unafraid of people and could be shot easily? ("Sententious.")

2. What did Andrei Platonov do prior to being in the camps?

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

4. How many men were standing in the corridor awaiting a strip search? ("Prosthetic Appliances.")

5. What story did the men at the fire NOT want to hear Platonov tell? (The Snake Charmer.")

Short Essay Questions

1. What "magical powers" did Stukov have? ("Magic")

2. What did the narrator in "A Pushover Job" and his companion do to full-fill their quota of pine needles?

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

4. Why were the convicts unable to eat the horse meat in "Esperanto"?

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

6. Who was Ornaldo as described in "The Used-Book Dealer"?

7. Given that convicts were not allowed to see a thermometer, how did they know when temperatures reached 60 degrees below zero in "Carpenters"?

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

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

10. Where did the narrator hide his money during his train ride? ("The Train.")

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The ability to stay warm, for many, was the single line between life and death. Discuss at least three different examples that showed what men in Kolyma would do to get warm.

Essay Topic 3

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.)

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