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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. What is the mother's name of the boy Yakov is accused of killing?

2. What language is Yakov speaking exclusively since leaving the shtetl?

3. How much money does Nikolai offer to Yakov if Yakov will fix up an apartment that Nikolai owns?

4. When Yakov responds by pointing out something in the officials' book that he thinks resembles the prosecutor, how does the official respond?

5. What is the name of the prisoner who is arrested because he is holding a bunch of pamphlets?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the boatman who ferries Yakov across the river, how could all of Russia's problems be solved?

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

3. During an exercise recess, Yakov is told that the other prisoners do not like him. Why not?

4. Even though Yakov is desperately ill and is not allowed access to the prison hospital, Yakov is relieved. Why?

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

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

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

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

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

10. When Yakov is returned to his cell, he feels a certain kinship with two other men in his cell. What does Yakov think the men all have in common?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clearly, anti-Semitism plays a central role in the development of the characters and the plot of the story.

a. Define anti-Semitism and describe what anti-Semitism is and what it is not.

b. How does the author use anti-Semitism to develop his characters and the story's plot?

c. Why does the author use anti-Semitism in the story? What does the author hope to gain?

d. How might the story have been impacted if the anti-Semitism piece had been completely left out? Would the story have been richer? More dramatic? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There are many attempts by the government to cover up the existence of any evidence that does not support their attempts to frame Yakov for the murder of Zhenia. Describe two of the pieces of evidence that are either "forgotten" or explained away by the authorities that might have proven Yakov's innocence. Would full disclosure by the authorities have made a difference? To Yakov? To the Black Hundreds? To the Russian citizens? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the story.

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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