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. According to the narrator in "My First Tooth," why is writing something down the best thing to do?

2. What had the narrator written complaints about? ("The Lawyers' Plot.")

3. What did the chief, in "Chief of Political Control," refuse in place of doing business first?

4. Who reminded the narrator of "Esperanto"?

5. What was being yelled as Peter Zayats was thrown out of the shelter and into the snow? ("My First Tooth.")

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the narrator describe Romanov in "The Lawyer's Plot"?

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

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

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

5. What was written on the cell ceiling of the monastery basement? ("My First Tooth.")

6. Why did Praga, in "Esperanto," hack his clothing to rags?

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

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

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

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

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 2

As detailed by the text, men were moved constantly and consistently in and out of different work houses. This change set up for many of the men to find themselves separated from human companionship. In what ways did the text show the breakdown of relationships based upon the experiences in Kolyma?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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