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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 "Sententious," how many shotguns were kept in the tent of the narrator?

2. How many parts did the men have to divide their rations into? ("Dry Rations.")

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

4. What did the narrator always fail to do in time for dinner? ("Sententious.")

5. What was the narrator sitting by at the opening of "The Snake Charmer"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Sazonov directed to the poorer hut in "My First Tooth"?

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

3. How did the narrator describe Romanov in "The Lawyer's Plot"?

4. What did the bulldozer, in "Land-Lease," come to be used for?

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

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

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

8. What did convicts receive as payment for keeping their mouths shut about guards beating them? ("The Chief of Political Control.")

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

10. What bliss did the narrator find while in Irkutsk? ("The Train.")

Essay 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

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

Describe the impact that the text had on you. Did you feel as though the text was a stretch of the truth? Did you feel as though the information given by the author was truthful and realistic? Support your focus with textual evidence.

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