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. When capital punishment was abolished, what was the only court system allowed to sentence defendants to death?

2. Which of the following preparations was NOT performed before the cattle cars were deemed fit for use for the prisoners?

3. Which group of soldiers turned on the Russian church, demanding all its money?

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

5. Which of the following foods were prisoners allowed to eat on their way to exile?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happened during the new era of executions?

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

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

7. What did Lenin say to Gorky about the intelligentsia of Russia?

8. How were toilet trips managed when transporting passengers?

9. Who were the sons of Gulag?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When people were sent to a Gulag labor camp, it was particularly difficult for their families. Explain how families tried to cope when one of their members was sent away. Give at least two ways prisoners attempted to stay in contact with their families even during their imprisonment.

Essay Topic 2

When Stalin took over government power from Lenin in 1929, the definition of government criminals changed drastically. Explain how Lenin had defined his criminals while in power, and compare/contrast the definition to Stalin's. Explaom what constituted being labeled a "counter-revolutionist" under Stalin's rule, and what his punishment for these crimes was.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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