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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Through what she sends to Yakov in prison, what does Marfa urge Yakov to do?
2. After he begins blacking out, what does Yakov find comfort in?
3. According to new facts that are being learned about Zhenia's death, who is being further implicated in Zhenia's death?
4. As Yakov prepares to go to trial, what does he see in his visions?
5. In Yakov's visions, who is responsible for the murders he sees?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
B.A. Bibikov is a study in contradictions. As the lead investigator into Zhenia's murder, Bibikov reports to the authorities, yet believes in Yakov's innocence. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides of Bibikov. How does Bibikov arrive at his conclusions about Yakov? What implications does Bibikov face for his conclusions? In Bibikov's place, would you fight for Yakov or simply go along with the other authority figures? Why?
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
Two times in the story before his arrest, Yakov stops to help someone lying hurt on the street. Identify each of these situations. Then, determine what consequences Yakov realized - both positive and negative - from helping these people. Based on the consequences realized, should Yakov have stopped to help or not? Had he not stopped in either instance, how would the story have been impacted? Explain your reasoning.
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