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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. In Chapter 6, Part 4, what is the name of the guard who is on Yakov's side?

2. What does the guard who is comforted by Yakov's scripture readings refuse to give to Yakov?

3. Back in his cell after the indictment farce in court, what does Yakov compare his scenario to?

4. When Yakov envisions himself wresting with the Tsar, they continue to wrestle until the Tsar declares himself to be __________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. As Bibikov continues to question Yakov, Bibikov confesses that he is living in fear. Why?

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

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

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

8. After Yakov is discovered digging at the concrete and becomes despondent, he finally realizes something that the officials want. What do the officials want?

9. Based on the indictment the warden delivers to Yakov, why does Yakov think he may be freed when he finally goes to trial?

10. According to Zhenia's mother, why does she delay in reporting her son as missing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Malamud uses this story to demonstrate how wrong it is to hate people for their religious beliefs and backgrounds. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when acting out of hatred? What do you learn from the author's discussion on hatred? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

After arriving at the cave, both Bibikov and the colonel see roads leading away from the cave. Describe each of these roads and the reaction of each of these two characters upon seeing the roads. Then, compare and contrast these two characters using their reactions as the starting point for a larger discussion about how these two characters are different.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast how the character of Yakov Bok changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of Yakov's character when he is first introduced in the story, when Yakov leaves the shtetl, after Yakov receives his first indictment, and when the story ends. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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