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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. According to Proshko's testimony, how does Yakov set the fire he is accused of starting?

2. The boy's mother identifies Yakov as the man who chased her son. What does she say Yakov was chasing her son with?

3. How much money does Nikolai offer to Yakov if Yakov will fix up an apartment that Nikolai owns?

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

5. According to the prosecutor in the courtroom, what punishment is Yakov facing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain Bibikov's theory regarding Zhenia's murder.

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

10. When Yakov tells his visitor that he is being held in jail because he lied about his papers, how does the visitor respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many people who are incarcerated or at the prison while Yakov is in prison. Identify at least three people killed at the prison. Compare and contrast each of these deaths being sure to indicate which character died, how the character died, and what impact on the overall plot the character's death had. What could - or should - Yakov have learned from each of these deaths?

Essay Topic 2

The book is entitled, "The Fixer". Why does the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the struggles Yakov faces, the overarching political climate, and the determination of Yakov to keep busy while incarcerated?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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