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. Why wasn't Stalin's body drawn and quartered for the execution of the peasants?

2. What does Solzhenitsyn claim happens to a person when he "lives in a graveyard"?

3. Which of the following methods was NOT one prisoners used to try to figure out where they were going when being sent into exile?

4. What was the name given to the investigators whose main job was to find men to convict and send to Gulag?

5. Which of the following phrases was often chalked on the sides of the cattle cars used to transport prisoners?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were stolypins?

3. How did prisoners figure out where they were being relocated, particularly when being sent into exile?

4. What happened during the new era of executions?

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

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

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

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

9. Which prisons in the Gulag network does Solzhenitsyn remember living in as a prisoner?

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

Even though security in the Gulag camps was tight, many prisoners still attempted to escape. First, explain the security measures guards put up in the hopes they would deter prisoners from attempting to escape. Next, explain at least two ways prisoners managed to escape from Gulag. Finally, give at least one example from the text of a famous attempted, or successful, escape from Gulag.

Essay Topic 2

Before prisoners were sent to the Gulag camps, they had to go through an intense legal proceeding. Describe the timeline of events each new arrested individual would go through before arriving at Gulag prisons. Explain how the random nature of Russia's legal system created confusion and disorganization among the interrogation guards.

Essay Topic 3

In his memoir, Solzhenitsyn gives very specific descriptions about the soldiers who were a part of the mass arrests leading to the overflow of prisoners in Gulag. What types of men were typically arresting soldiers during this time? What was specific about the arresting soldiers' uniforms? What does Solzhenitsyn remember most about the guards who arrested him?

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