Kolyma Tales Test | Final 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 day was it during "Chief of Political Control"?

2. What sound did the narrator say was a symbol of the "mainland" for him? ("The Train.")

3. Who shoved the narrator up against a window in the basement? ("My First Tooth.")

4. According to "The Lawyers' Plot," how many paths led out of the mine?

5. In the notebook in "A Child's Drawings", what were all the houses surrounded by?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the narrator afraid to get off of the train at any station other than the Moscow station? ("The Train.")

2. Why did Gusev break the window in the basement of the former monastery? ("My First Tooth.")

3. Why was Stukov contemptuous and delighted by the shifty-eyed man's admittance about his being an informant? ("Magic")

4. Why was Golubev called to Stukov's home in "Magic"?

5. What was written on the cell ceiling of the monastery basement? ("My First Tooth.")

6. Why did Golubev watch Stukov's "game" with pleasure? ("Magic.")

7. What happened to the Spam that was sent to the camps from America? ("Land-Lease.")

8. Where did the narrator hide his money during his train ride? ("The Train.")

9. How did the narrator come to remember the story "Esperanto"?

10. Why was Sazonov directed to the poorer hut in "My First Tooth"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In "Quiet," an particular irony was set up. One of the camp administrators believed that "a man will eat and in gratitude work better for the state." In what circumstances did this statement prove to be false? In what circumstances did this statement prove to be true? What was the determining factor in the truth behind the statement?

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