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 fresh prints were described at the opening of "Land Lease"?

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

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

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

5. What were contained in the "magical jars" in the story "Land-Lease"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why was Sazonov directed to the poorer hut in "My First Tooth"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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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