Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does Yakov pretend to be from when confronted by the boatman?
2. Where does Yakov first find Nikolai?
3. What offense does Proshko accuse Yakov of when he gives his statement to the secret police?
4. What language is Yakov speaking exclusively since leaving the shtetl?
5. When one of the guards takes pity on Yakov, what does Yakov suddenly have?
Short Essay Questions
1. After Yakov's visitor leaves, the warden learns of the visit and interrogates Yakov again. What is the interrogation about?
2. Based on the indictment the warden delivers to Yakov, why does Yakov think he may be freed when he finally goes to trial?
3. Looking back on his marriage to Raisl, why does Yakov now believe that it was a mistake to marry Raisl?
4. As winter nears, Yakov hopes to be indicted. Why?
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. After Yakov is discovered digging at the concrete and becomes despondent, he finally realizes something that the officials want. What do the officials want?
7. Why does Marfa accuse Yakov of running a smuggling trade route?
8. As Yakov is being prepared for his trial, why does a barber come and shave Yakov's head?
9. After refusing the pardon, Yakov decides that things are never truly as bad as they can get. Why does Yakov decide that?
10. When spring arrives, a visitor comes to the prison to comfort Yakov. What does the visitor tell Yakov he must do in order to be released from the prison?
In the course of the novel, Yakov is involved with two very different women - Raisl and Zina.
a. Compare and contrast these two women. How are they alike? How are they different?
b. Describe the relationship that Yakov has with each of these women. How does Yakov benefit from each relationship? What struggles does Yakov go through as a result of each relationship?
c. Is Yakov better or worse off for having been with each of these women? Explain your reasoning.
Two times in the story before his arrest, Yakov stops to help someone lying hurt on the street. Identify each of these situations. Then, determine what consequences Yakov realized - both positive and negative - from helping these people. Based on the consequences realized, should Yakov have stopped to help or not? Had he not stopped in either instance, how would the story have been impacted? Explain your reasoning.
Compare and contrast Yakov Bok and B.A. Bibikov.
a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?
b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice - both positively and negatively?
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