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 camps was known for having ancient, leaking toilets?

2. In what year was capital punishment abolished in the courts?

3. Which of the following camps was known for being lice ridden?

4. Which of the following medical conditions did Lenin suffer from in 1922?

5. In Zihma, what did prisoners being transported on foot use as nets to catch fish in the river?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what offenses could prisoners be sent to the punishment cells?

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

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

4. What happened during the new era of executions?

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

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

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

8. In what ways did the Gulag guards attempt to prevent hunger strikes from running rampant in the prisons?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the widespread arrests started sweeping through Russia, few political prisoners fought against their arrests. First, explain why many men didn't fight against their arrests, and what they thought would happen to them in their first days within the camp. Next, explain how hope was slowly dashed, and why many prisoners refused to commit suicide or attempt escape.

Essay Topic 2

After leaving the local prisons, prisoners were forced into a grueling transit process on their way to Gulag. Describe each of the three main modes of transportation prisoners took to arrive at Gulag. Explain the various horrors that awaited prisoners aboard each of these forms of transportation.

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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