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 name of the fat man who shares his packages from the outside with the other prisoners?

2. When Bibikov apologizes for the poor treatment Yakov is receiving, Yakov asks for only one thing. What is it?

3. As the days passed, the Russian officials kept waiting for Yakov to start something. What are they waiting for?

4. While sitting in his cell reflecting on his circumstances in Chapter 6, Part 9, how does Yakov feel about his fate?

5. What is the name of the secret society that the prosecutor accuses Yakov of belonging to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Yakov think about as he rides in the carriage to the courthouse?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

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.

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