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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 did Glebov want at the end of "In the Night"?

2. What was the only way that prisoners could stand by the stove in "Quiet"?

3. What did Fedya call Platonov in "The Snake Charmer"?

4. What did Golubev fake so he would not have to return to work? ("A Piece of Meat")

5. What did the narrator say was the only thing that a prisoner would wash if he were only allotted a spoonful of water to bathe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What hypothesis was tested in the story "Quiet"?

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

5. How did the narrator come to remember the story "Esperanto"?

6. Why was the new chief of political control at the hospital? ("The Chief of Political Control.")

7. What did Fleming say was the "greatest secret of our time"? (The Used-Book Dealer.")

8. What happened to the Spam that was sent to the camps from America? ("Land-Lease.")

9. Why did Praga, in "Esperanto," hack his clothing to rags?

10. How did the narrator describe Romanov in "The Lawyer's Plot"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Objects from the civilian world held great value for the men of Kolyma. Discuss three objects from the civilized world, what was done to keep the object in the possession of the owner, why the owner lost the possession, and how the owner felt about their possession.

Essay Topic 2

As detailed by the text, men were moved constantly and consistently in and out of different work houses. This change set up for many of the men to find themselves separated from human companionship. In what ways did the text show the breakdown of relationships based upon the experiences in Kolyma?

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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