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. Where, in "Magic," was Golubev summoned to?

2. What did the narrator call "precious things" in "Esperanto"?

3. How many carpenters were allowed to be retained in "Magic"?

4. What, in "Land-Lease," was nicknamed "American honey"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Objects from the civilian world held great value for the men of Kolyma. Discuss three objects from the civilized world, what was done to keep the object in the possession of the owner, why the owner lost the possession, and how the owner felt about their possession.

Essay Topic 3

In "Prosthetic Appliances," the narrator described the dehumanizing actions that guards put laborers through. Men were required to give up even their most intimate needs. Discuss how some men in Kolyma refused to give up what meant the most to them and what happened because of this refusal.

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