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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. During what year was Solzhenitsyn arrested?
(a) 1955.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1935.
(d) 1945.

2. Which hours of the day does Solzhenitsyn claim were the hardest?
(a) The first two hours.
(b) The two middle hours.
(c) The last two hours.
(d) Every hour was equally terrible.

3. How did men treat Solzhenitsyn when he was in his uniform during his arrest?
(a) With admiration.
(b) With confusion.
(c) With apathy.
(d) With contempt.

4. Which of the following adjectives does NOT describe Solzhenitsyn's attitude during his interrogation?
(a) Humble.
(b) Afraid.
(c) Honest.
(d) Naive.

5. Which of the following authors did Solzhenitsyn NOT quote as writing about evil in the world?
(a) Melville.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Dickens.
(d) Schiller.

Short Answer Questions

1. What typically happened to a house after its owner was arrested?

2. What was the name of the prison where Solzhenitsyn was sent after his arrest?

3. How many useful measures of torture did the Gulag prison system use?

4. During what month of the year was Solzhenitsyn sentenced to serve time in Gulag?

5. In 1963, how many judges were brought before the Supreme Court to defend their actions at Gulag?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Voikov draft?

2. What reason does Solzhenitsyn give for the mass arrests that were sweeping through Russia during the time of Gulag's height?

3. What happened in the 1960s when 70 judges were brought before the Supreme Court to justify their actions in the Gulag trials?

4. How long did trials at the height of Gulag last for civilian prisoners?

5. How did Chulpenyev react to the charges brought against him in Mongolia in 1941?

6. How did Solzhenitsyn feel about prison during the first few days he spends there?

7. What was the hygienic purge?

8. While imprisoned, what did Solzhenitsyn feel about his Motherland?

9. In what ways did interrogators try to intimidate prisoners in the early 1920s?

10. Why was Solzhenitsyn arrested, and what was his reaction?

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