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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. In the years 1945-1946, how many prisoners were dying every day in every camp of Gulag?
(a) 500.
(b) 5.
(c) 50.
(d) 5,000.

2. Which of the following items is NOT something Solzhenitsyn says prisoners were discouraged from taking to the camps with them?
(a) Nice clothes.
(b) Suitcases.
(c) Photographs.
(d) Boots.

3. During the new era of executions, how many men were killed in the first 16 months?
(a) 1.6 million.
(b) 10,000.
(c) 6,000.
(d) 16,000.

4. Which of the following preparations was NOT performed before the cattle cars were deemed fit for use for the prisoners?
(a) Drains were cut into the floors.
(b) Ceilings were tested for strength.
(c) They were swept clean.
(d) Bars were put over the windows.

5. What did Gendelman do for a living?
(a) He was a teacher.
(b) He was a soldier.
(c) He was a lawyer.
(d) He was a doctor.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following topics did Gendelman get into a heated debate with Krylenko about?

2. Which of the following facts about hunger strikes is NOT true?

3. Which of the following is NOT a way that prisoners died while being transported from prison to prison on foot?

4. During what decade did hunger strikes spike in popularity?

5. Which of the following methods of transportation was NOT frequently used to send prisoners out to exile?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened in the trial of Shakhty?

3. What would prisoners drink while being transported?

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

5. What surprises in the camps did prisoners remember that shocked their systems upon arrival?

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

7. How were toilet trips managed when transporting passengers?

8. What did prisoners eat when they were being transported from one prison to another?

9. Who were the sons of Gulag?

10. How did the peasants of Kotlas live after a Gulag prison was set up on their land in 1938?

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