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. As Yakov reflects on his time with Raisl, what does Yakov remember convincing Raisl is okay?

2. What is the local anti-Semite group called?

3. What is the name of the secret society that the prosecutor accuses Yakov of belonging to?

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

5. What language is Yakov speaking exclusively since leaving the shtetl?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Yakov's visitor miserable living in the shtetl?

2. What does Yakov think about as he rides in the carriage to the courthouse?

3. 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?

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

5. According to the boatman who ferries Yakov across the river, how could all of Russia's problems be solved?

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

7. Even though Yakov is desperately ill and is not allowed access to the prison hospital, Yakov is relieved. Why?

8. After being returned to his cell following the farce of an indictment, Yakov loses it. Describe his behavior.

9. Why doesn't Yakov want the authorities to win if he should happen to die a "nameless Jew"?

10. Why does the Deputy Warden's appearance frighten Yakov?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several people that Yakov has been in contact with provide damaging information against him to the police during the investigation of Zhenia's murder. Compare and contrast the following characters in terms of their personalities, their "testimony", and their motivations: Proshko, Zina, and Nikolai.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characteristics, roles, loyalties, and agendas of the following people in the story: Yakov, Nikolai, Marfa, Raisl, and the prosecutor.

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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