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

2. What did the narrator state was worse than criminals who robbed him? ("Esperanto.")

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

4. In Kolyma, what "keeps secrets and reveals them"? ("Land-Lease.")

5. Who, upon growing up, "created many bright birds"? ("A Child's Drawing.")

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why was Golubev called to Stukov's home in "Magic"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based off of the text as a whole, describe the kind of life that a man in the Kloyma forced-labor camps lived. What did their days consist of? What were their fears? What was expected of them? How were they treated?

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

In "A Piece of Meat," the narrator stated that "the rudimentary organ turned out not to be rudimentary at all, but essential, functioning, life-saving." Find, and discuss, three examples where a rudimentary object turned out to be "essential, functioning and life-saving."

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