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. What was the name of the prison where Solzhenitsyn was sent after his arrest?

2. Which of the following items were the colors on the Russian uniform meant to represent?

3. What position did Solzhenitsyn hold in the Russian army before his arrest?

4. What country does Solzhenitsyn view as his motherland?

5. How long did the typical Gulag prisoner's trial last?

Short Essay Questions

1. What significant event happened on Russian soil in the autumn of 1941?

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

3. While imprisoned, what did Solzhenitsyn feel about his Motherland?

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

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

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

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

8. What happened in the military case of Mongolia in 1941?

9. How did Chulpenyev react to the charges brought against him in Mongolia in 1941?

10. What made the first two hours of the day the most difficult for Solzhenitsyn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Within the punishment cells of the Gulag camps, prisoners were forced to endure various forms of cruel and unusual punishments. Describe at least two forms of torture the prisoners in Gulag were subjected to and what offenses could lead to such punishments. Explain how members of the government rationalized those punishments to themselves and their moral sensibilities.

Essay Topic 2

In this memoir, Solzhenitsyn speaks very cynically about the way the Russian people have ignored the truths about Gulag. What reasons does Solzhenitsyn give as to why the Russian people might want to turn their backs on their history? What dangers arise from ignoring a country's history? In what ways does Solzhenitsyn think the Russian government should commemorate the atrocities of Gulag?

Essay Topic 3

Joseph Stalin was, perhaps, the strongest force in keeping the Gulag prison system in effect for as long as it was. First, explain why Stalin created Gulag to begin with and how he fought to keep the camp system running alongside his vision. Next, explain the reaction to Stalin's death in the camps and what changes were made in Gulag following Stalin's passing.

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