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. To what director was "The Injector" written to?

2. How many carpenters were allowed to be retained in "Magic"?

3. How many years of his life was the narrator ready to forget? ("The Train.")

4. What did the narrator recall had been confiscated in Magadan? ("Esperanto.")

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why were the convicts unable to eat the horse meat in "Esperanto"?

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

4. What did Shestakov offer the narrator as nourishment to aid in an upcoming escape attempt? ("Condensed Milk.")

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

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

7. What game did the lieutenant and the narrator play during "The Train"?

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

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

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

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

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?

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