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

2. In "On Tick," what did the narrator say was the safest place to be?

3. Why did Kurchen write his letter with his left hand instead of his right?

4. What appeared on a tree stump at the end of "Sententious"?

5. Who was denied hot food for refusing to give up his prosthetic arm?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did the story "Sententious" end?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Based off of the text as a whole, describe the kind of life that a man in the Kloyma forced-labor camps lived. What did their days consist of? What were their fears? What was expected of them? How were they treated?

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