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 "Carpenters," for how long had the fog been so thick that a man was not able to be seen from "two paces away"?

2. In "Quiet," what was concerning to the narrator about the tables in the camp dining room?

3. What did the prisoners refuse to eat in the dining hall and take back to their barracks? ("Major Pugachov's Last Battle.")

4. Who did Fedya write to at the end of "Dry Rations"?

5. What prints did the men in "Dry Rations" follow to get to the spring?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Platonov, in "The Snake Charmer," die?

5. What happened to Grigoriev and Potashnikov after the foreman found out that they were not carpenters?

6. What did the narrator in "A Pushover Job" and his companion do to full-fill their quota of pine needles?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Quiet," an particular irony was set up. One of the camp administrators believed that "a man will eat and in gratitude work better for the state." In what circumstances did this statement prove to be false? In what circumstances did this statement prove to be true? What was the determining factor in the truth behind the statement?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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