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 did Pesniakevich's mother own in Minsk? ("Prosthetic Appliances.")

2. What did the narrator claim was "a relative concept"? ("In the Bathhouse")

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

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

5. How long had Merzlakov been in the camp (according to "Shock Therapy")?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What notations did the guards, described in "Prosthetic Appliances", use to show that a convict would not receive hot food and/or bread?

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

7. What "piece of meat" did Golubev offer up in sacrifice? ("A Piece of Meat.")

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the impact that the text had on you. Did you feel as though the text was a stretch of the truth? Did you feel as though the information given by the author was truthful and realistic? Support your focus with textual evidence.

Essay Topic 2

The harshness of work in the camps was described through the severe actions that convicts would go to to avoid it. Describe three examples where convicts sacrificed themselves, in one way or another, to avoid work in the camps.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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