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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 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

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

Based upon the text, what three things do you think that the forced-laborers in Kolyma needed to survive? Find three different needs and explain why they were necessary for survival in Kolyma.

Essay Topic 3

The author learned many different things during his time spent in Kolyma. Choose two different lessons that the author learned and discuss why these were important. What was the lesson? How was the lesson learned? How did this affect the life of the author after the experience?

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