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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. When Bibikov comes to the prison to question Yakov, who does Bibikov believe is actually Yakov's greatest enemy?

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

3. When Yakov happens upon an old injured Jewish man while returning from shopping, where does Yakov take the injured man?

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

5. According to Yakov, what does he believe the boy saw in Yakov's apartment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. According to what Marfa has written, what should Yakov do in order for everything to be set right?

8. Why doesn't Yakov want the authorities to win if he should happen to die a "nameless Jew"?

9. As Yakov's hallucinations become regular, what does he have trouble figuring out?

10. Describe the later years of Yakov and Raisl's marriage.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the course of the novel, Yakov is involved with two very different women - Raisl and Zina.

a. Compare and contrast these two women. How are they alike? How are they different?

b. Describe the relationship that Yakov has with each of these women. How does Yakov benefit from each relationship? What struggles does Yakov go through as a result of each relationship?

c. Is Yakov better or worse off for having been with each of these women? Explain your reasoning.

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

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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