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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, in "Chief of Political Control," was summoning the hospital director?

2. In Kolyma, what "keeps secrets and reveals them"? ("Land-Lease.")

3. What provided unexpected joy for the narrator in "The Lawyers' Plot"?

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

5. Where, in "Magic," was Golubev summoned to?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many time throughout the collection of stories, Shalamov detailed the loss of human emotions. What human emotions were laborers in Kolyma able to keep? What human emotions did the men tend to lose forever? Why was this as it was?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Objects from the civilian world held great value for the men of Kolyma. Discuss three objects from the civilized world, what was done to keep the object in the possession of the owner, why the owner lost the possession, and how the owner felt about their possession.

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