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 refuse to give up at the end of "Prosthetic Appliances"?

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

3. What did Seva refuse to play cards for? ("On Tick.")

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

5. What did Fedya call Platonov in "The Snake Charmer"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Garkunov die at the end of "On Tick"?

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

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

5. What "piece of meat" did Golubev offer up in sacrifice? ("A Piece of Meat.")

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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."

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