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 dessert were the prisoners fed in "Quiet"?

2. In "In The Night," what were Glebov and Bagretsov looking for?

3. What did "Carpenters" state men were not shown?

4. What did the narrator refuse to give up at the end of "Prosthetic Appliances"?

5. What did the narrator say was the only thing that a prisoner would wash if he were only allotted a spoonful of water to bathe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the "circle" that was created regarding the relationship between work and food in "Shock Therapy"?

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

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

6. How did the story "Sententious" end?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of survival was important in the text. Discuss the different aspects of survival as depicted throughout the text. What were the different aspects of survival? What did it mean to survive? Why were there different understandings of this term?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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."

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