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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. After the prisoner sent to talk to Yakov tells him he is a murderer, what does the other prisoner do?

2. According to the prosecutor's theory, why does Yakov kill Zhenia?

3. What is the name of the guard who is comforted by Yakov's scripture readings?

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

5. After fixing up the apartment, Nikolai offers Yakov another job. Where is the job located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Yakov is returned to prison and then meets with the prosecutor, the prosecutor offers him a deal. Why does Yakov refuse the prosecutor's deal?

3. When Yakov reaches the river, the boatman has to convince Yakov to accept the ferry ride. How does the boatman convince Yakov?

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

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

6. As Yakov shivers in his cell in deepest despair, how does he view himself in relationship to the Tsar?

7. Why does Yakov debate returning the next day to the home of the person he found passed out in the snow?

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

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

10. Why does Marfa accuse Yakov of running a smuggling trade route?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Several people that Yakov has been in contact with provide damaging information against him to the police during the investigation of Zhenia's murder. Compare and contrast the following characters in terms of their personalities, their "testimony", and their motivations: Proshko, Zina, and Nikolai.

Essay Topic 3

Through his experiences at the prison and his hallucinatory discussions with the Tsar, Yakov comes to believe that liberty is worth fighting for. Discuss the process by which Yakov arrives at this conclusion. Be sure to include how Yakov's beliefs change as his arrest and subsequent incarceration drag on. How do his hallucinatory discussions with the Tsar impact his beliefs? Which are more important in shaping Yakov's eventual belief in liberty - his hallucinations or his experiences? Explain and support your reasoning.

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