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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. The boy's mother identifies Yakov as the man who chased her son. What does she say Yakov was chasing her son with?

2. One day during the dreary Russian winter, Yakov loses his cool in his cell. What does he do?

3. After reading the indictment and the evidence against Yakov, what does the prosecutor also accuse Yakov of?

4. Where does the running crowd finally stop?

5. As Yakov is being transported to court for his indictment, what does he fantasize about while riding on the trolley?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Looking back on his marriage to Raisl, why does Yakov now believe that it was a mistake to marry Raisl?

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

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

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

7. After Yakov's visitor leaves, the warden learns of the visit and interrogates Yakov again. What is the interrogation about?

8. When Yakov is returned to prison and then meets with the prosecutor, the prosecutor offers him a lighter sentence in return for what?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many attempts by the government to cover up the existence of any evidence that does not support their attempts to frame Yakov for the murder of Zhenia. Describe two of the pieces of evidence that are either "forgotten" or explained away by the authorities that might have proven Yakov's innocence. Would full disclosure by the authorities have made a difference? To Yakov? To the Black Hundreds? To the Russian citizens? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the story.

Essay Topic 2

Clearly, anti-Semitism plays a central role in the development of the characters and the plot of the story.

a. Define anti-Semitism and describe what anti-Semitism is and what it is not.

b. How does the author use anti-Semitism to develop his characters and the story's plot?

c. Why does the author use anti-Semitism in the story? What does the author hope to gain?

d. How might the story have been impacted if the anti-Semitism piece had been completely left out? Would the story have been richer? More dramatic? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There are many people who are incarcerated or at the prison while Yakov is in prison. Identify at least three people killed at the prison. Compare and contrast each of these deaths being sure to indicate which character died, how the character died, and what impact on the overall plot the character's death had. What could - or should - Yakov have learned from each of these deaths?

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