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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 "Major Pugachov's Last Battle," what did Major Pugachov tell a party boss he was preparing for?

2. What dessert were the prisoners fed in "Quiet"?

3. During what months would the dwarf cedar tree rise up from the ground?

4. What did the narrator always fail to do in time for dinner? ("Sententious.")

5. What did the narrator, in "Sententious," claim that each day brought?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the narrator say about death in "Sententious"?

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

3. Why was Sazonov directed to the poorer hut in "My First Tooth"?

4. What did the bulldozer, in "Land-Lease," come to be used for?

5. Why was the Siberian dwarf cedar called a "weatherman" by the narrator?

6. What was the constitution for convicts according to the guard in "The Used-Book Dealer"?

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

8. What about the Senior Supervisor-Ministry of Internal Affairs' name impressed the narrator in "The Lawyer's Plot"?

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

10. In "A Child's Drawing," why did the convicts stand in groups of five when guards were dividing out work assignments?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the convicts in the text found truth in the saying "Desperate times bring about desperate measures." Discuss three different examples within the text that proved this statement to be true.

Essay Topic 3

In "Prosthetic Appliances," the narrator described the dehumanizing actions that guards put laborers through. Men were required to give up even their most intimate needs. Discuss how some men in Kolyma refused to give up what meant the most to them and what happened because of this refusal.

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