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. In 1939, what quarantine had the narrator and five others endured? ("Esperanto.")

2. What was the Convict Injector to be replaced with? ("The Injector")

3. What was told, at the end of "The Lawyers' Plot", had happened to Rebrov?

4. What was raked into Shemolyov's work gang? ("The Lawyers' Plot.")

5. Who was Golubev's bosses favorite? ("Magic.")

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the new chief of political control at the hospital? ("The Chief of Political Control.")

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

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

4. What was the narrator shocked by about the blade of the bulldozer? ("Land-Lease.")

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

6. What did the bulldozer, in "Land-Lease," come to be used for?

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

8. In "A Child's Drawing," why did the convicts stand in groups of five when guards were dividing out work assignments?

9. What bliss did the narrator find while in Irkutsk? ("The Train.")

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

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

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 3

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.

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