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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Yakov invite the prosecutor to do during their meeting?
2. Sitting in his cell, someone begins talking to Yakov through his cell door. Who begins to talk to Yakov?
3. As Yakov prepares to go to trial, what does he see in his visions?
4. After Yakov's visitor runs screaming from his cell, Yakov is searched again. How many times has Yakov already been searched that day?
5. One day, Yakov awakens in his cell to find his possessions there, but something is missing. What is missing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
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
Malamud uses this story to demonstrate how wrong it is to hate people for their religious beliefs and backgrounds. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when acting out of hatred? What do you learn from the author's discussion on hatred? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?
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