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

2. How long had the bodies been in the mass grave? ("Land-Lease.")

3. What was Romanov's real occupation? ("The Lawyers' Plot.")

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

5. What equipment arrived from America and, therefore, convicts learned a new word?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to the narrator in "The Lawyer's Plot," what were the three ways out of the mine?

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

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

6. What happened at the end of "Esperanto" to the narrator"?

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

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

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

10. What was Kudinov's reasoning for why the convict work gang #4 stood idol on November 12th? ("The Injector.")

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Given the dehumanizing circumstances that the narrator relayed throughout the text, many instances of true humanity shone through. Discuss three examples where humanity won out over animalistic behavior in the text.

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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