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. What had Merzlakov received for breakfast on the morning that he compared humans to livestock?

3. What was the name of the religious sect spoken about in "Quiet"?

4. What was Glebov's old occupation before being sent to the camps?

5. Whose job was it to run the bathhouse and disinfect clothes at the work camps?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why did Merzlakov fake a back injury in "Shock Therapy"?

6. What did Savelev do after finding Ivanovich hung himself?

7. In the story "In The Night," how did Bagretsov cut his finger?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Objects from the civilian world held great value for the men of Kolyma. Discuss three objects from the civilized world, what was done to keep the object in the possession of the owner, why the owner lost the possession, and how the owner felt about their possession.

Essay Topic 2

What impact does the fact that the text is written in first-person have on you as a reader? Why is a first-person narration important in these types of histories? What would be lost if the stories were complied as third-person narratives?

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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