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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 compare the hills to in "A Pushover Job"?

2. What did the sectarian need his extra portion of food to do? ("Quiet.")

3. What did the narrator say that he refused to listen to? ("Sententious.")

4. In "The Snake Charmer," how long did Platonov say that he had been in Jankhar?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Gusev break the window in the basement of the former monastery? ("My First Tooth.")

3. What was Kudinov's reasoning for why the convict work gang #4 stood idol on November 12th? ("The Injector.")

4. What happened at the end of "Esperanto" to the narrator"?

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

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

7. What did Fleming say was the "greatest secret of our time"? (The Used-Book Dealer.")

8. Why did Praga, in "Esperanto," hack his clothing to rags?

9. Where did the narrator hide his money during his train ride? ("The Train.")

10. Why did the narrator decide that he had not been lucky in getting called to Romanov's home? ("The Lawyer's Plot.")

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The ability to stay warm, for many, was the single line between life and death. Discuss at least three different examples that showed what men in Kolyma would do to get warm.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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