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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. Who does the local anti-Semite group accuse of committing the murder?
(a) A Christian.
(b) A Hindu.
(c) A Muslim.
(d) A Jew.

2. When Nikolai offers Yakov another position after Yakov fixes up the apartment, what is the position that Nikolai offers to Yakov?
(a) A security guard.
(b) A maintenance man.
(c) A bookkeeper.
(d) A foreman.

3. When the man in charge of the investigation denies Yakov's request for an attorney, what is Yakov told that he will need?
(a) A gun.
(b) A casket.
(c) The truth.
(d) A pen.

4. One day during the dreary Russian winter, Yakov loses his cool in his cell. What does he do?
(a) Burn his blanket.
(b) Shred his clothing.
(c) Destroy his cot.
(d) Threaten the guards.

5. What does the fat man who shares his packages from the outside with the other prisoners offer to do for Yakov once the fat man is released from the prison?
(a) Send for help.
(b) Mail a letter.
(c) Pay for an attorney.
(d) Smuggle in drugs.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the author describes the wind rushing through Yakov's cell, what does he liken the wind to?

2. When Yakov responds by pointing out something in the officials' book that he thinks resembles the prosecutor, how does the official respond?

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

4. In order to make Yakov appear like a Hasidic Jew, what does the Deputy Warden refuse to let Yakov do?

5. What is the name of the prisoner who is arrested because he is holding a bunch of pamphlets?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Yakov reaches the river, the boatman has to convince Yakov to accept the ferry ride. How does the boatman convince Yakov?

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

5. As Yakov imagines talking to the Tsar, how does Yakov answer the Tsar's question about whether Yakov has been taught anything by his suffering?

6. Why does Yakov stop keeping track of the days?

7. When Yakov reads the propaganda circulating against the Jews, why does he grow uneasy?

8. Why does the prisoner sent to talk to Yakov eventually end up apologizing to Yakov?

9. Why does Yakov debate returning the next day to the home of the person he found passed out in the snow?

10. Even though Yakov keeps track of the days, he's not completely sure he's right. Why not?

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