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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. As Yakov is being transported to court for his indictment, what does he fantasize about while riding on the trolley?

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

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

4. How long is Yakov in solitary confinement before Bibikov comes to question him again?

5. Before the secret police member leaves Yakov's cell, what does he leave behind with Yakov?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Yakov reminded of as he wonders what might have happened if he simply had stayed in the shtetl?

4. When Yakov is offered a pardon by the Tsar, why does Yakov refuse the pardon?

5. Why does Yakov steel himself to live instead of wanting to die?

6. After Yakov's chains are removed and he is waiting to meet with his new attorney, what is Yakov wondering about?

7. As winter nears, Yakov hopes to be indicted. Why?

8. When Yakov finally meets with his attorney, what is the bad news that the attorney tells to Yakov?

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

10. Why is Yakov uneasy in the days before his next prison visitor is set to arrive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the Nikolai character at the beginning of the book after Yakov saves his life. What is Nikolai's motivation? What drives him? Then, discuss this same character when he provides false testimony when questioned by the police about Yakov. What is Nikolai's motivation then? What is driving him? How do the events that happen between these two personalities change Nikolai's character from someone the reader likes - or perhaps feels sorry for - into a character the reader begins to hate? Who is Nikolai at the end of the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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