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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. What is the section number that Solzhenitsyn signed to, unknowing that this consigned him to hard labor and eternal exile?
(a) Section 17.
(b) Section 15.
(c) Section 13.
(d) Section 11.

2. What was used at night when prisoners were being interrogated in the 1920s?
(a) Car headlights.
(b) Bolts of lightning.
(c) Matches.
(d) Flashlights.

3. Where did Solzhenitsyn meet Igor Tronko?
(a) Butyrki.
(b) Cheka.
(c) Lubyanka.
(d) Kolyma.

4. What color were the battalions many POWs joined in exchange for food?
(a) Blue.
(b) Gold.
(c) White.
(d) Red.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following adjectives does NOT describe Solzhenitsyn's attitude during his interrogation?

2. Which of the following actions did Solzhenitsyn do trying to infuriate those who took joy in his arrest?

3. Which of the following activities was NOT something Solzhenitsyn was allowed to do in prison?

4. Which country did Solzhenitsyn use as an example to show how the Organs justify their existence?

5. Which of the following groups of foreigners was NOT seized when Tashkent fell short of their quota?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were stolypins?

2. What types of prisoners were separated from the native population at Gulag?

3. What happened in the Gulag prison camps in 1945-1946?

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

5. How were the 5,000 prisoners in Vogvozdino treated in 1945-1946?

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

7. Why did women sometimes go crazy when they found a scrap of paper in the transit camps?

8. What changed about capital punishment after the revolt of 1952 in the Gulag prisons?

9. Which prisons in the Gulag network does Solzhenitsyn remember living in as a prisoner?

10. Who was in charge of preparing stolypins for prisoner use, and how were the stolypins prepared?

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