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. 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

In "A Piece of Meat," the narrator stated that "the rudimentary organ turned out not to be rudimentary at all, but essential, functioning, life-saving." Find, and discuss, three examples where a rudimentary object turned out to be "essential, functioning and life-saving."

Essay Topic 2

As detailed by the text, men were moved constantly and consistently in and out of different work houses. This change set up for many of the men to find themselves separated from human companionship. In what ways did the text show the breakdown of relationships based upon the experiences in Kolyma?

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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