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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Yakov's new guard periodically amuse himself?
2. Through what she sends to Yakov in prison, Marfa admits she had Yakov followed. Who does she have follow Yakov?
3. Who does Yakov turn to for an explanation about the missing item?
4. Before departing for his trial, what does Yakov throw at the deputy warden?
5. How many times does Yakov's new attorney visit him in prison?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Clearly, anti-Semitism plays a central role in the development of the characters and the plot of the story.
a. Define anti-Semitism and describe what anti-Semitism is and what it is not.
b. How does the author use anti-Semitism to develop his characters and the story's plot?
c. Why does the author use anti-Semitism in the story? What does the author hope to gain?
d. How might the story have been impacted if the anti-Semitism piece had been completely left out? Would the story have been richer? More dramatic? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characteristics, roles, loyalties, and agendas of the following people in the story: Yakov, Nikolai, Marfa, Raisl, and the prosecutor.
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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