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 sound did the narrator say was a symbol of the "mainland" for him? ("The Train.")

2. According to "The Lawyers' Plot," how many paths led out of the mine?

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

4. What was being yelled as Peter Zayats was thrown out of the shelter and into the snow? ("My First Tooth.")

5. Who was Golubev's bosses favorite? ("Magic.")

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What impact does the fact that the text is written in first-person have on you as a reader? Why is a first-person narration important in these types of histories? What would be lost if the stories were complied as third-person narratives?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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