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

2. On a how many day march were the men in "My First Tooth" on?

3. Why was Peter Zayats beaten by the guards in "My First Tooth"?

4. What did Golubev's boss rely on to choose workers to stay at his camp?( "Magic.")

5. At the end of "The Train," where did the narrator state that he was returning from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Magic seemed to be the only way that some men made it out of the camps of Kolyma alive. Discuss three examples throughout the text where "magic" seemed to be responsible for survival. (Think of how "magic" was depicted in the story "Magic" to help answer this question.)

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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