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, in "Chief of Political Control," was summoning the hospital director?

2. What equipment arrived from America and, therefore, convicts learned a new word?

3. What job did Skoroseev volunteer to do since no one else could or would? ("Esperanto.")

4. What did the man who asked the narrator for help, in carrying his baskets to the scales, have in his baskets? ("The Train.")

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happened at the end of "Esperanto" to the narrator"?

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

7. What game did the lieutenant and the narrator play during "The Train"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The author learned many different things during his time spent in Kolyma. Choose two different lessons that the author learned and discuss why these were important. What was the lesson? How was the lesson learned? How did this affect the life of the author after the experience?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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