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

2. In "My First Tooth," what was written in coal on the walls of the basement?

3. What color was the notebook that the men found in "A Child's Drawing"?

4. What month was it in "The Lawyers' Plot"?

5. What did the Diamond trucks and Studebakers haul along the roads in Kolyma? ("Land-Lease.")

Short Essay Questions

1. What "magical powers" did Stukov have? ("Magic")

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

3. What about the Senior Supervisor-Ministry of Internal Affairs' name impressed the narrator in "The Lawyer's Plot"?

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

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

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

7. What did convicts receive as payment for keeping their mouths shut about guards beating them? ("The Chief of Political Control.")

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

9. Why did the narrator decide that he had not been lucky in getting called to Romanov's home? ("The Lawyer's Plot.")

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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