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 day was it during "Chief of Political Control"?

2. What sun had burned the men's faces in "My First Tooth"?

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

4. How many mechanics were allowed to be retained in "Magic"?

5. What month was it in the opening of "My First Tooth"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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