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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 the narrator compare the hills to in "A Pushover Job"?

2. What did the sectarian need his extra portion of food to do? ("Quiet.")

3. What did the narrator say that he refused to listen to? ("Sententious.")

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

5. What had Merzlakov received for breakfast on the morning that he compared humans to livestock?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Gusev break the window in the basement of the former monastery? ("My First Tooth.")

3. What was Kudinov's reasoning for why the convict work gang #4 stood idol on November 12th? ("The Injector.")

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

5. What question did the new arrivals ask of the old convicts in "Major Pugachov's Last Battle"?

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

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

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

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

10. Why did the narrator decide that he had not been lucky in getting called to Romanov's home? ("The Lawyer's Plot.")

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In "Quiet," an particular irony was set up. One of the camp administrators believed that "a man will eat and in gratitude work better for the state." In what circumstances did this statement prove to be false? In what circumstances did this statement prove to be true? What was the determining factor in the truth behind the statement?

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

Given the dehumanizing circumstances that the narrator relayed throughout the text, many instances of true humanity shone through. Discuss three examples where humanity won out over animalistic behavior in the text.

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