The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 Test | Final 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. Which of the following items was used to gag a prisoner in Gulag before he was executed?

2. What did Lenin secretly enjoy framing intelligentsia as before shipping them off to Gulag?

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

4. Who were Zeks?

5. On which anniversary of it being abolished for the first time, was capital punishment again abolished for all but military crimes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was capital punishment banned in 1920?

2. What happened in the trial of Shakhty?

3. What was the All-Russian Central Executive Committee?

4. What did prisoners eat when they were being transported from one prison to another?

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

6. How was time in Gulag measured?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout his memoir, Solzhenitsyn describes how the Gulag camps compared/contrasted to other famous labor camps through history, most notably the Nazi death camps. Compare/contrast the Gulag camps with the Nazi concentration camps. What was the same about these camps? What was different? Explain why many Westerners have never heard of the Gulag camps and instead have focused all their research on the Nazi concentration camps.

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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