The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Solzhenitsyn meet Igor Tronko?

2. Which of the following jobs was offered in exchange for food in the Gulag prison systems?

3. For how long did Solzhenitsyn walk around Russia as a free man before being sent to Gulag?

4. How long was the standard Stalin imprisonment in Gulag?

5. How many former POWs was Solzhenitsyn celled with during his first arrest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the hygienic purge?

2. What is the typical reaction most prisoners had during the first 24 hours after their arrest and imprisonment in Gulag?

3. How did Solzhenitsyn feel about prison during the first few days he spends there?

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

5. How does Solzhenitsyn define evil?

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

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

8. What was the Voikov draft?

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

10. What was the Cadet Party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Russian government was extremely concerned with its reputation in the Western world. Explain how the West first viewed Russia and its labor camps in the 1930s. Explain how propaganda was used by the government to augment the way the West viewed the Gulag camps.

Essay Topic 2

When the war broke out in the Soviet Union in 1941, many things about camp life in Gulag were changed. First, explain why it took so long for WWII to reach Russia. Next, explain how the onset of war fighting altered the conditions for prisoners within the camp. Why were more prisoners dying during wartime than any other time in Gulag history?

Essay Topic 3

The Gulag prisons systems went through a long timeline of events before coming into fruition in the Russian government. Create a timeline of important events in the gestation of the labor camps in Russia, and how the labor camps eventually became the Gulag death camps. Explain why the government created the camps in the first place, and what purpose these camps served even after the revolution was complete.

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