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

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

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

4. Where does the running crowd finally stop?

5. According to Yakov, what does he believe the boy saw in Yakov's apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Zhenia's mother, why does she delay in reporting her son as missing?

2. What is Yakov reminded of as he wonders what might have happened if he simply had stayed in the shtetl?

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

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

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

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

7. Why do the officials decide not to charge Yakov with sexual assault based on Zina's official testimony?

8. According to the prosecutor, what has the Tsar been notified to be on the alert for?

9. As Yakov shivers in his cell in deepest despair, how does he view himself in relationship to the Tsar?

10. When the prosecutor visits Yakov, what does he tell Yakov to have the Jews stop doing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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