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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The boy's mother identifies Yakov as the man who chased her son. What does she say Yakov was chasing her son with?
(a) A gun.
(b) A brick.
(c) A bat.
(d) A knife.

2. According to the prosecutor in the courtroom, what punishment is Yakov facing?
(a) A lifetime in solitary confinement.
(b) Twenty-five years in prison.
(c) Ten years of hard labor.
(d) The death penalty.

3. As Yakov begins to think he's going mad, whose ghost does he see?
(a) Zhenia.
(b) Shmuel.
(c) Gronfein.
(d) Bibikov.

4. What does Zhitnyak sneak into Yakov after his escape-from-boredom materials are confiscated?
(a) A New Testament.
(b) A Koran.
(c) A newspaper.
(d) A Torah.

5. Who advises Yakov to stay in the village and not venture on to Kiev?
(a) Bibikov.
(b) Gronfein.
(c) Randolph.
(d) Shmuel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the woman Yakov married?

2. Where does Yakov pretend to be from when confronted by the boatman?

3. According to the boy's mother, what does Zhenia want to be when he grows up?

4. To what prison does the prosecutor send Yakov while Yakov is awaiting trials?

5. After the winter finally ends, Yakov is desperate to relieve his boredom. What does Yakov do?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Yakov is discovered digging at the concrete and becomes despondent, he finally realizes something that the officials want. What do the officials want?

2. After refusing the pardon, Yakov decides that things are never truly as bad as they can get. Why does Yakov decide that?

3. Why is the Deputy Warden excited to learn of Yakov's escape-from-boredom activities?

4. As Yakov's hallucinations become regular, what does he have trouble figuring out?

5. According to the boatman who ferries Yakov across the river, how could all of Russia's problems be solved?

6. When spring arrives, a visitor comes to the prison to comfort Yakov. Why does the visitor come?

7. As Yakov is being prepared for his trial, why does a barber come and shave Yakov's head?

8. When Yakov shares his story regarding why he is being held in prison, why do his cellmates beat him?

9. Describe the scene from Yakov's childhood that gives him nightmares.

10. Why does Marfa accuse Yakov of running a smuggling trade route?

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