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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. To what prison does the prosecutor send Yakov while Yakov is awaiting trials?

2. In Chapter 6, Part 4, what is the name of the guard who is on Yakov's side?

3. What is the original charge that the man in charge of the investigation will bring against Yakov?

4. As Chapter 6, Part 5 begins, Yakov is thinking through all of the things he studied before he was incarcerated. What is he NOT thinking about?

5. According to the prosecutor's theory, why does Yakov kill Zhenia?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Yakov finally meets with his attorney, what is the bad news that the attorney tells to Yakov?

2. Why does the prisoner sent to talk to Yakov eventually end up apologizing to Yakov?

3. Why does Yakov steel himself to live instead of wanting to die?

4. Why is the Deputy Warden excited to learn of Yakov's escape-from-boredom activities?

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

6. As the man in charge of the investigation questions Yakov, why does Yakov begin to feign ignorance and not answer the man's questions?

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

8. As Yakov is being prepared for his trial, why does a barber come and shave Yakov's head?

9. According to what Marfa has written, what should Yakov do in order for everything to be set right?

10. Why does Yakov suspect that the prosecutor has included the tales of molestation in the indictment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There is no doubt that Yakov has been greatly affected by the murder of his parents that occurred years earlier in the shtetl. Discuss how Yakov's past affects not only his worldview, but also his decision to leave the shtetl and his ability to cope with his incarceration. How does Yakov's past affect his mental state, his ability to reason, his ability to trust, and his ability to hope?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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