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 was the name of the religious sect spoken about in "Quiet"?

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

3. In "Shock Therapy," what was described as Merzlakov's former profession?

4. What did the narrator claim was the last human emotion? ("Sententious.")

5. What prints did the men in "Dry Rations" follow to get to the spring?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the story "In The Night," how did Bagretsov cut his finger?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

The harshness of work in the camps was described through the severe actions that convicts would go to to avoid it. Describe three examples where convicts sacrificed themselves, in one way or another, to avoid work in the camps.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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