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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. When Yakov is taken back to prison, he is shown a book that some of the officials are developing. What is the book's topic?
(a) Jewish psychological games.
(b) Jewish physical characteristics.
(c) Jewish prayers and customs.
(d) Jewish evil magic spells.

2. When Yakov envisions himself wresting with the Tsar, they continue to wrestle until the Tsar declares himself to be __________________.
(a) The winner.
(b) An angel of God.
(c) All powerful.
(d) A demon from hell.

3. Where does Yakov pretend to be from when confronted by the boatman?
(a) Germany.
(b) Poland.
(c) Kiev.
(d) Latvia.

4. When Yakov is being shown the officials' book, what do the officials point out in the book that resembles Yakov?
(a) An ear curl.
(b) A nose.
(c) A wizard.
(d) An earlobe.

5. What is Yakov given in order that he can have something to do?
(a) A broken radio.
(b) A ball.
(c) A pencil and paper.
(d) A broom.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the days passed, the Russian officials kept waiting for Yakov to start something. What are they waiting for?

2. Where does Yakov first find Nikolai?

3. 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?

4. With nothing to do in his cell, Yakov pieces together bits of something that he recites in his cell. What does he piece together?

5. When Bibikov comes to the prison to question Yakov, who does Bibikov believe is actually Yakov's greatest enemy?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Yakov is returned to his cell, he feels a certain kinship with two other men in his cell. What does Yakov think the men all have in common?

2. When Yakov sees Bibikov in one of his visions, what does Yakov imagine telling Bibikov?

3. Based on the indictment the warden delivers to Yakov, why does Yakov think he may be freed when he finally goes to trial?

4. 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?

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

6. Why does Yakov hate living in the Jewish neighborhood in Kiev?

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

8. According to Yakov's attorney, why must the government find a way to prove Yakov's guilt?

9. Describe the later years of Yakov and Raisl's marriage.

10. According to Yakov's visitor in prison, why is he known as the "nameless Jew"?

(see the answer keys)

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