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. How long did Solzhenitsyn "duel" with interrogators before being sent to prison?

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

3. What country does Solzhenitsyn view as his motherland?

4. Why did the Russian government kill and imprison its people, according to Solzhenitsyn?

5. How long did Solzhenitsyn think he would be sentenced in Gulag?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened in the 1960s when 70 judges were brought before the Supreme Court to justify their actions in the Gulag trials?

3. How did families typically react when they saw a family member arrested?

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

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

6. How does Solzhenitsyn define evil?

7. What was the hygienic purge?

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

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

10. Where was Solzhenitsyn arrested, and what was his reaction?

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

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

Throughout the Gulag prison system, there was a vast organization of punishments and rewards in regards to the prisoners' productivity on a given day. First, explain how the productivity of prisoners was measured on a given day. Next, explain at least two ways prisoners were rewarded for meeting their work quota and two ways prisoners were punished for falling below the quota.

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