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. What did the narrator, in "Sententious," claim was the first pity to return?

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

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

5. In "Prosthetic Appliances," what would a guard mark a cell with if the cell was not to receive hot food?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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