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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. After lunch, how long were prisoners allowed to rest before returning to work?
(a) They were not allowed to rest.
(b) Three hours.
(c) Two hours.
(d) One hour.

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

3. Which of the following groups of people was NOT considered dangerous by Lenin?
(a) Malingerers.
(b) Intellectuals.
(c) Class enemies.
(d) Violent offenders.

4. Which of the following activities was NOT something Solzhenitsyn was allowed to do in prison?
(a) Go for a walk.
(b) Cook lunch for fellow prisoners.
(c) Play chess with friends.
(d) Read a magazine.

5. How were most prisoners transported to the Gulag prisons?
(a) On trains.
(b) By foot.
(c) In cars.
(d) On horseback.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Solzhenitsyn claim is true about evil in the world?

2. Which of the following items were the colors on the Russian uniform meant to represent?

3. Which of the following statements best describes Solzhenitsyn's attitude toward being in prison?

4. What inappropriate subject did Solzhenitsyn joke about, leading to his arrest?

5. What is the name of the assassinated Soviet ambassador who had a draft named after him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What significant event happened on Russian soil in the autumn of 1941?

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

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

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

5. Who was the German civilian present on the day Solzhenitsyn was arrested?

6. How did the prisoners of Gulag know that WWII had ended in Russia?

7. Why couldn't interrogators be trusted to uphold the law?

8. What was the Section 11 paperwork that Solzhenitsyn signed during his interrogation?

9. What was the Voikov draft?

10. Who was Igor Tronko?

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