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 "A Piece of Meat," how did Golubev always sleep?

2. What did the narrator claim was the farthest thing from envy, fear and bitterness? ("Sententious.")

3. What mountain spring did the narrator and his three companions reach at the beginning of "Dry Rations"?

4. What did Seva refuse to play cards for? ("On Tick.")

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Sententious," who did the narrator say that he envied?

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

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 prosthetics were collected by the guards in "Prosthetic Appliances"?

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

7. What decision did the men in "Dry Rations" make regarding their food?

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

9. What notations did the guards, described in "Prosthetic Appliances", use to show that a convict would not receive hot food and/or bread?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The narrator in "My First Tooth" stated that "even if you can't get something published, it's easier to bear a thing if you write it down. Once you've done that, you can forget." Do you agree with the narrator's statement? Why?/Why not? What is healing about writing something down? How may it help?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the men in the forced-labor camps of Kolyma changed during their stay. Choose of of the people described in the text and discuss how they changed because of their stay at Kolyma.

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