Darkness at Noon Worksheet with Key.docx - Name Period Score\/10 From Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler A glimpse of life in Stalinist Russia comes

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Name: _________________________________ Period: ________ Score: ____/10 From Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler A glimpse of life in Stalinist Russia comes from a 1930s novel by Hungarian-born writer Arthur Koestler. Darkness at Noon tells the story of Rubashov, a longtime Bolshevik revolutionary, who is unjustly accused of crimes against the Soviet state during the “show trials.” In this excerpt, Rubashov has just been arrested and taken to his first interrogation. Rubashov saw a desk; behind it sat his old college friend and former battalion commander, Ivanov; he was looking at him smilingly while putting back the receiver. “So here we are again,” said Ivanov. Rubashov still stood at the door. “What a pleasant surprise,” he said . . . .“I do not want you to be shot,” [Ivanov] said slowly. . . .“Touching of you,” said Rubashov. “Why exactly do you people intend to have me shot?” Ivanov let a few seconds go by. He smoked and drew figures with his pencil on the blotting paper.
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