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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How long has Yakov's visitor in Chapter 8, Part 4 been begging to see him?
2. Who does the person visiting Yakov sell beets to?
3. After reading the indictment, how does Yakov feel?
4. What does Yakov use to dig at the concrete holding his chains in place?
5. Through what she sends to Yakov in prison, Marfa admits she had Yakov followed. Who does she have follow Yakov?
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
There are many attempts by the government to cover up the existence of any evidence that does not support their attempts to frame Yakov for the murder of Zhenia. Describe two of the pieces of evidence that are either "forgotten" or explained away by the authorities that might have proven Yakov's innocence. Would full disclosure by the authorities have made a difference? To Yakov? To the Black Hundreds? To the Russian citizens? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the story.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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