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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. With nothing to do in his cell, Yakov pieces together bits of something that he recites in his cell. What does he piece together?

2. In order to make Yakov appear like a Hasidic Jew, what does the Deputy Warden refuse to let Yakov do?

3. Who does the local anti-Semite group accuse of committing the murder?

4. What is Yakov given in order that he can have something to do?

5. What offense does Proshko accuse Yakov of when he gives his statement to the secret police?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain Bibikov's theory regarding Zhenia's murder.

5. Why do the officials decide not to charge Yakov with sexual assault based on Zina's official testimony?

6. When Yakov describes the things he takes pleasure in, what does he describe?

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

9. When Yakov shares his story regarding why he is being held in prison, why do his cellmates beat him?

10. When the prosecutor visits Yakov, what does he tell Yakov to have the Jews stop doing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Yakov has a host of visitors to his prison cell. Identify three people that come to see Yakov in prison. Describe the character, the reason for the visit, the end result, and the emotional impact that the character's visit has on Yakov. For each of the visitors, determine if Yakov would have been better off not meeting with the character. Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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