The Fixer Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the attorney believe that they have a chance to win at trial?

2. According to the indictment, how many wounds are on Zhenia?

3. What does Yakov see during his frequent hallucinations while in his cell?

4. After Yakov's visitor tells him what is required in order for Yakov do be released from prison, how does Yakov respond?

5. What is the name of the new attorney that will represent Yakov during the trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through his experiences at the prison and his hallucinatory discussions with the Tsar, Yakov comes to believe that liberty is worth fighting for. Discuss the process by which Yakov arrives at this conclusion. Be sure to include how Yakov's beliefs change as his arrest and subsequent incarceration drag on. How do his hallucinatory discussions with the Tsar impact his beliefs? Which are more important in shaping Yakov's eventual belief in liberty - his hallucinations or his experiences? Explain and support your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Several people that Yakov has been in contact with provide damaging information against him to the police during the investigation of Zhenia's murder. Compare and contrast the following characters in terms of their personalities, their "testimony", and their motivations: Proshko, Zina, and Nikolai.

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