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 kind of underwear had the narrator not worn in years? ("The Train.")

2. What was the name of the guard with the bright-blue eyes in "My First Tooth"?

3. What number gang was the director questioning in "The Injector"?

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

5. How many years of his life was the narrator ready to forget? ("The Train.")

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the narrator in "My First Tooth" state that it was easier to bear something after you write it down? ("My First Tooth.")

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

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

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

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

7. What was the narrator shocked by about the blade of the bulldozer? ("Land-Lease.")

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The ability to stay warm, for many, was the single line between life and death. Discuss at least three different examples that showed what men in Kolyma would do to get warm.

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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