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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. Who advises Yakov to stay in the village and not venture on to Kiev?

2. The boy's mother identifies Yakov as the man who chased her son. What does she say Yakov was chasing her son with?

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

4. What is the name of the fat man who shares his packages from the outside with the other prisoners?

5. According to Proshko's testimony, how does Yakov set the fire he is accused of starting?

Short Essay Questions

1. As winter nears, Yakov hopes to be indicted. Why?

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

3. What does Yakov think about as he rides in the carriage to the courthouse?

4. 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?

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

6. How does Yakov try to refute the priest's claims that Jews need blood?

7. When Yakov tells his visitor that he is being held in jail because he lied about his papers, how does the visitor respond?

8. Describe the later years of Yakov and Raisl's marriage.

9. After Yakov is discovered digging at the concrete and becomes despondent, he finally realizes something that the officials want. What do the officials want?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

After arriving at the cave, both Bibikov and the colonel see roads leading away from the cave. Describe each of these roads and the reaction of each of these two characters upon seeing the roads. Then, compare and contrast these two characters using their reactions as the starting point for a larger discussion about how these two characters are different.

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