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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. How long does Solzhenitsyn claim it took before life in Gulag becomes bearable?
(a) Life in Gulag never becomes bearable.
(b) One year.
(c) One month.
(d) One week.

2. Which of the following topics did Gendelman get into a heated debate with Krylenko about?
(a) Torturing witnesses.
(b) Tampering with evidence.
(c) Ignoring justice.
(d) Bribing judges.

3. What did it mean to be "politically illiterate"?
(a) Unable to defend oneself in court.
(b) Revolutionary.
(c) Anti-Soviet.
(d) Pro-torture.

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

5. What argument did Stalin give to have the abolishment of capital punishment overturned?
(a) Execution is a means of social defense.
(b) Execution is legal terror.
(c) Execution is an opiate of the masses.
(d) Execution is man's divine right.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following camps was known for having bricked-over windows?

2. After Krylenko's trial, how many men were spared death by execution?

3. What did Gendelman do for a living?

4. How was time at Gulag measured?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were six peasants shot in Tsarskoe Selo, and what was the response from the public?

2. What major change did Lenin make to the law right before he suffered his first stroke?

3. What were stolypins?

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

5. Who were the sons of Gulag?

6. Who was Palchinsky?

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

8. What was Vlasov put on trial for in the last of Russia's open trials?

9. How did the public react to Vlasov's sentencing at his trial?

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

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