Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 Abstract
* On August 19, 1991, reports circulate saying that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is stepping down due to health concerns.
* Colonel Aleksandr Tretetsky, from the Soviet Military Prosecutor's Office, uncovers the graves of thousands of Polish officers who were sentenced to death by Josef Stalin almost fifty years before.
* Most Russians until recently were ignorant of the...
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