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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. Where does Yakov pretend to be from when confronted by the boatman?

2. Where does Yakov first find Nikolai?

3. What offense does Proshko accuse Yakov of when he gives his statement to the secret police?

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

5. When one of the guards takes pity on Yakov, what does Yakov suddenly have?

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

3. Looking back on his marriage to Raisl, why does Yakov now believe that it was a mistake to marry Raisl?

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. As Yakov is being prepared for his trial, why does a barber come and shave Yakov's head?

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

10. When spring arrives, a visitor comes to the prison to comfort Yakov. What does the visitor tell Yakov he must do in order to be released from the prison?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the novel, Yakov has to deal with two very different authority figures. Compare and contrast the relationship Yakov has with Bibikov and the relationship Yakov has with the prosecutor. Then, compare and contrast the two men. How do these two relationships influence not only Yakov, but also the events that surround the crime and its investigation?

Essay Topic 2

Identify four of the people that are on the side of the prosecution against Yakov for the murder of Zhenia. Then, compare and contrast the backgrounds, experiences, and opinions of the four prosecution members you identified when Zhenia was first found murdered. Is each member of the group necessary in order for the prosecution to build its case against Yakov? Why or why not? Is any member of the group expendable? Why or why not? What might have been different if these group members were not involved with the case? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

B.A. Bibikov is a study in contradictions. As the lead investigator into Zhenia's murder, Bibikov reports to the authorities, yet believes in Yakov's innocence. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides of Bibikov. How does Bibikov arrive at his conclusions about Yakov? What implications does Bibikov face for his conclusions? In Bibikov's place, would you fight for Yakov or simply go along with the other authority figures? Why?

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