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

2. What did Garkunov have under his dirty undershirt?

3. From what book were the cards made from that were used in "On Tick"?

4. What mountain spring did the narrator and his three companions reach at the beginning of "Dry Rations"?

5. At the beginning of "In The Night," what had just ended?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why did the narrator state that love was the hardest emotion to return to convicts? ("Sententious.")

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

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

9. Who did Gloubev recognize in the hospital as he was recovering from his appendectomy? ("A Piece of Meat.")

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator in "My First Tooth" stated that "even if you can't get something published, it's easier to bear a thing if you write it down. Once you've done that, you can forget." Do you agree with the narrator's statement? Why?/Why not? What is healing about writing something down? How may it help?

Essay Topic 2

The ability to stay warm, for many, was the single line between life and death. Discuss at least three different examples that showed what men in Kolyma would do to get warm.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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