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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. While sitting in his cell reflecting on his circumstances in Chapter 6, Part 9, how does Yakov feel about his fate?

2. Back in his cell after the indictment farce in court, what does Yakov compare his scenario to?

3. As Yakov reflects on his time with Raisl, how does he characterize their early life together?

4. Each day, Yakov does recitations in his cell that the guards can overhear. What language does Yakov recite in?

5. What is the name of the guard who is comforted by Yakov's scripture readings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Yakov sees Bibikov in one of his visions, what does Yakov imagine telling Bibikov?

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

5. Why does Yakov hate living in the Jewish neighborhood in Kiev?

6. As Bibikov continues to question Yakov, Bibikov confesses that he is living in fear. Why?

7. 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?

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

9. As spring continues on, Yakov is no longer allowed to make his trips to the kitchen. Why?

10. When Yakov is offered a pardon by the Tsar, why does Yakov refuse the pardon?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast how the character of Yakov Bok changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of Yakov's character when he is first introduced in the story, when Yakov leaves the shtetl, after Yakov receives his first indictment, and when the story ends. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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