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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. When Yakov happens upon an old injured Jewish man while returning from shopping, where does Yakov take the injured man?

2. After the prisoner sent to talk to Yakov tells him he is a murderer, what does the other prisoner do?

3. When the man in charge of the investigation denies Yakov's request for an attorney, what is Yakov told that he will need?

4. Where does the running crowd finally stop?

5. According to the boy's mother, what does Zhenia want to be when he grows up?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the explanation he receives, what has happened to the item(s) missing from Yakov's cell?

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

3. After Yakov's chains are removed and he is waiting to meet with his new attorney, what is Yakov wondering about?

4. According to Yakov's attorney, why must the government find a way to prove Yakov's guilt?

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

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

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

10. When Yakov reads the propaganda circulating against the Jews, why does he grow uneasy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the warden with the deputy warden.

a. How are the two characters similar in terms of their professional lives? How are they different?

b. How are the two characters similar in their personality characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses? How are they different?

c. Only one of these characters survives the story. Is the deputy warden's death a result of his own doing or a result of dumb luck? Is the warden's survival a result of his own doing or a result of dumb luck? Support your reasoning for both.

d. Looking forward, how might Yakov's incarceration and subsequent trial have affected each of these men as they moved forward with their lives? Would they be similarly affected or not? Explain your answers and your reasoning.

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

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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