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. Yakov begins thinking many evil thoughts after he stops keeping track of the days. Who does Yakov think evil thoughts about?
2. One day, Yakov receives something from Marfa. What is it?
3. Where does the person visiting Yakov encourage Yakov to look for salvation?
4. What does Yakov's reading in Chapter 7, Part 3 do to his temperament?
5. When is the next time the prosecutor comes to visit Yakov?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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