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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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1. What is Shukhov’s crime in the opening moments of the novel?

2. Who is the foreman of Gang 104 ?

3. Of which food is the prisoner’s ration two hundred grams per meal?

4. What does Shukhov always keeps in his boot?

5. Of what is Ust-Izhma the name?

6. What was the sixteen-year-old Gopchik’s crime?

7. What does Kolya, the medical orderly in the camp, fancy himself?

8. How often does Shukhov think about his wife and daughters?

9. What is one of Tsezar’s privileges?

10. What is Shukhov’s job at the Power Station?

11. Why was Shukhov late returning from the Power Station?

12. For which of the following characters does Shukhov offer to wait in the parcel room line?

13. At the Power Station, what does Shukhov hide in his mitten?

14. What decree does a commander issue following the murders of a couple of stool pigeons?

15. Why is Tsezar scared during the evening search by the guards?

16. What do Shukhov and Alyoshka discuss in the novel’s closing conversation?

17. Why does Fetyukov get beaten up?

18. Why is Tyurin in the prison camp?

19. What religion is Alyoshka?

20. To whom does Shukhov give a biscuit at the very end of the novel?

21. Why does Shukhov not envy Tsezar for receiving parcels?

22. Who receives a punishment of ten days in the hole at the end of the novel?

23. What nationality is Kildigs?

24. Of what has the Soviet government accused Shukhov?

25. How long is Shukhov’s sentence?

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