Short Essay Questions Key
1. When Yakov reads the propaganda circulating against the Jews, why does he grow uneasy?
When Yakov reads the propaganda circulating against the Jews, he grows uneasy because Yakov is a Jew living in secret and working in an area where Jews are forbidden.
2. Describe the scene from Yakov's childhood that gives him nightmares.
Yakov remembers seeing a Jewish man that had been murdered. His body was left in the street with a pork sausage stuffed into his mouth; pigs ate his flesh.
3. When Yakov reaches the river, the boatman has to convince Yakov to accept the ferry ride. How does the boatman convince Yakov?
The boatman convinces Yakov to pay him and accept the ferry across the river by pointing out that the bridge spanning the river is many miles out of the way and that Yakov's horse is worthless and about to die anyway.
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