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. In "In the Night," what was Glebov in no hurry to swallow?

2. In "A Piece of Meat," who "offered" a "bloody sacrifice"?

3. What was no convict able to have of his own? ("In the Bathhouse.")

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

5. What was the last thing that Golubev said in "A Piece of Meat"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Bathhouse," why was lice a relative concept to most convicts?

2. What materials were needed to make the playing cards that the men in "On Tick" used?

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

4. Why were camp officials perplexed by the convicts avoidance of the bathhouse?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the guards in the stories are described by their attitudes towards the camp convicts. Describe the different ways that guards were described, how these descriptions mandated how convicts felt about the guards, and how the convicts acted around different guards based upon their dispositions.

Essay Topic 2

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."

Essay Topic 3

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.

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