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

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

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

4. What did Potashnikov receive for dinner at the end of "Carpenters"?

5. What did Seva refuse to play cards for? ("On Tick.")

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happened at the end of "Esperanto" to the narrator"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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