The Fixer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long is Yakov in solitary confinement before Bibikov comes to question him again?

2. Before going to join the running crowd, what does Yakov do?

3. According to the prosecutor in the courtroom, what punishment is Yakov facing?

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

5. Before the secret police member leaves Yakov's cell, what does he leave behind with Yakov?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. When Yakov tells his visitor that he is being held in jail because he lied about his papers, how does the visitor respond?

4. According to the explanation he receives, what has happened to the item(s) missing from Yakov's cell?

5. 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?

6. Why is Yakov uneasy in the days before his next prison visitor is set to arrive?

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

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

9. Why is Yakov moved by the stories he reads about Jesus?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Yakov has a host of visitors to his prison cell. Identify three people that come to see Yakov in prison. Describe the character, the reason for the visit, the end result, and the emotional impact that the character's visit has on Yakov. For each of the visitors, determine if Yakov would have been better off not meeting with the character. Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

Identify four of the people that are on the side of the prosecution against Yakov for the murder of Zhenia. Then, compare and contrast the backgrounds, experiences, and opinions of the four prosecution members you identified when Zhenia was first found murdered. Is each member of the group necessary in order for the prosecution to build its case against Yakov? Why or why not? Is any member of the group expendable? Why or why not? What might have been different if these group members were not involved with the case? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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