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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Before departing for his trial, what does Yakov throw at the deputy warden?
2. What are the papers sent in with Yakov's visitor?
3. While the visitor and Yakov are together, what story do the two men argue about?
4. When the warden learns of the unauthorized prison visit Yakov was allowed, who is arrested?
5. As Yakov is preparing to leave for his trial, what does the deputy warden insist must happen before Yakov leaves?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Compare and contrast the warden with the deputy warden.
a. How are the two characters similar in terms of their professional lives? How are they different?
b. How are the two characters similar in their personality characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses? How are they different?
c. Only one of these characters survives the story. Is the deputy warden's death a result of his own doing or a result of dumb luck? Is the warden's survival a result of his own doing or a result of dumb luck? Support your reasoning for both.
d. Looking forward, how might Yakov's incarceration and subsequent trial have affected each of these men as they moved forward with their lives? Would they be similarly affected or not? Explain your answers and your reasoning.
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