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?
B.A. Bibikov is a study in contradictions. As the lead investigator into Zhenia's murder, Bibikov reports to the authorities, yet believes in Yakov's innocence. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides of Bibikov. How does Bibikov arrive at his conclusions about Yakov? What implications does Bibikov face for his conclusions? In Bibikov's place, would you fight for Yakov or simply go along with the other authority figures? Why?
Through his experiences at the prison and his hallucinatory discussions with the Tsar, Yakov comes to believe that liberty is worth fighting for. Discuss the process by which Yakov arrives at this conclusion. Be sure to include how Yakov's beliefs change as his arrest and subsequent incarceration drag on. How do his hallucinatory discussions with the Tsar impact his beliefs? Which are more important in shaping Yakov's eventual belief in liberty - his hallucinations or his experiences? Explain and support your reasoning.
Discuss the Nikolai character at the beginning of the book after Yakov saves his life. What is Nikolai's motivation? What drives him? Then, discuss this same character when he provides false testimony when questioned by the police about Yakov. What is Nikolai's motivation then? What is driving him? How do the events that happen between these two personalities change Nikolai's character from someone the reader likes - or perhaps feels sorry for - into a character the reader begins to hate? Who is Nikolai at the end of the story?
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