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. What is the local anti-Semite group called?

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

3. Each day, Yakov does recitations in his cell that the guards can overhear. What language does Yakov recite in?

4. Who discovers what Yakov is doing and confiscates his materials?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When spring arrives, a visitor comes to the prison to comfort Yakov. Why does the visitor come?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. After refusing the pardon, Yakov decides that things are never truly as bad as they can get. Why does Yakov decide that?

8. Why is the Deputy Warden excited to learn of Yakov's escape-from-boredom activities?

9. Why does Yakov stop keeping track of the days?

10. 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?

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

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

The book is entitled, "The Fixer". Why does the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the struggles Yakov faces, the overarching political climate, and the determination of Yakov to keep busy while incarcerated?

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