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 Fedya call Platonov in "The Snake Charmer"?

2. What did the narrator claim was "a relative concept"? ("In the Bathhouse")

3. What was no convict able to have of his own? ("In the Bathhouse.")

4. What was the last thing that Golubev said in "A Piece of Meat"?

5. What did the narrator compare the hills to in "A Pushover Job"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What materials were needed to make the playing cards that the men in "On Tick" used?

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

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

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

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

7. What "piece of meat" did Golubev offer up in sacrifice? ("A Piece of Meat.")

8. Why was the Siberian dwarf cedar called a "weatherman" by the narrator?

9. What hypothesis was tested in the story "Quiet"?

10. In "The Bathhouse," why was lice a relative concept to most convicts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Many of the guards in the stories are described by their attitudes towards the camp convicts. Describe the different ways that guards were described, how these descriptions mandated how convicts felt about the guards, and how the convicts acted around different guards based upon their dispositions.

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