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 did the orderly tell the narrator to bring back from Romanov's home? ("The Lawyers' Plot.")

2. What job did Skoroseev volunteer to do since no one else could or would? ("Esperanto.")

3. What was the hospital director doing with the doctors at the opening of "Chief of Political Control"?

4. What color armbands did the military patrol wear at the train station? ("The Train.")

5. Before 1938, according to "Land-Lease," what was used to move logs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What about the Senior Supervisor-Ministry of Internal Affairs' name impressed the narrator in "The Lawyer's Plot"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of survival was important in the text. Discuss the different aspects of survival as depicted throughout the text. What were the different aspects of survival? What did it mean to survive? Why were there different understandings of this term?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The narrator in "My First Tooth" stated that "even if you can't get something published, it's easier to bear a thing if you write it down. Once you've done that, you can forget." Do you agree with the narrator's statement? Why?/Why not? What is healing about writing something down? How may it help?

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