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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. Which of the following facts about hunger strikes is NOT true?
(a) The last hunger strike took place in 1937.
(b) Hunger strikes were made illegal in 1930.
(c) Stalin called hunger strikes counter-revolutionary.
(d) Hunger strikes claimed more lives than dysentery in the camps.

2. Which of the following medical conditions did Lenin suffer from in 1922?
(a) He suffered a stroke.
(b) He suffered a heart attack.
(c) He suffered paralysis.
(d) He suffered an aneurysm.

3. Which of the following actions is the Central Executive Committee of the Russian government NOT allowed to do?
(a) Execute prisoners.
(b) Pardon prisoners.
(c) Send prisoners to punishment camps.
(d) Give prisoners lighter sentences.

4. What did von Meck and Velchinko help Palchinsky do in the early stages of Russian revolution?
(a) Torture prisoners.
(b) Capture escaped prisoners.
(c) Set prisoners free.
(d) Feed starving prisoners.

5. On which anniversary of it being abolished for the first time, was capital punishment again abolished for all but military crimes?
(a) Its 20th anniversary.
(b) Its 10th anniversary.
(c) Its 5th anniversary.
(d) Its 15th anniversary.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many prisons could a true son of Gulag name?

2. Which of the following adjectives does Solzhenitsyn use to describe the powers of execution?

3. Which of the following liquids frequently made prisoners in punishment cells drunk?

4. Which of the following phrases was often chalked on the sides of the cattle cars used to transport prisoners?

5. Which of the following groups of prisoners was NOT sent to its own secret prisons in Gulag?

Short Essay Questions

1. When and where did the first Gulag hunger strike occur?

2. What did Lenin say to Gorky about the intelligentsia of Russia?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did the Bolshevik Army turn on the church, and what do it get in return?

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

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

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