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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

Yakov has a host of visitors to his prison cell. Identify three people that come to see Yakov in prison. Describe the character, the reason for the visit, the end result, and the emotional impact that the character's visit has on Yakov. For each of the visitors, determine if Yakov would have been better off not meeting with the character. Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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