The Fixer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the author describes the wind rushing through Yakov's cell, what does he liken the wind to?

2. What colors does Proshko say are the flames of the fire that Yakov is accused of setting?

3. How long does the boy's mother wait before she reports her son as missing?

4. As Yakov is being transported to court for his indictment, what does he fantasize about while riding on the trolley?

5. When spring arrives, what is Yakov still lacking?

Short Essay Questions

1. Even though Yakov keeps track of the days, he's not completely sure he's right. Why not?

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

3. When Yakov is returned to prison and then meets with the prosecutor, the prosecutor offers him a lighter sentence in return for what?

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

5. Why doesn't Yakov want the authorities to win if he should happen to die a "nameless Jew"?

6. After Yakov's visitor leaves, the warden learns of the visit and interrogates Yakov again. What is the interrogation about?

7. As Yakov's hallucinations become regular, what does he have trouble figuring out?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Yakov Bok and B.A. Bibikov.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice - both positively and negatively?

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 the characteristics, roles, loyalties, and agendas of the following people in the story: Yakov, Nikolai, Marfa, Raisl, and the prosecutor.

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