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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is on the pages that Yakov has been given?
2. In the new indictment brought to Yakov by the warden, what has been removed?
3. What does Yakov's reading in Chapter 7, Part 3 do to his temperament?
4. In Yakov's visions, who is responsible for the murders he sees?
5. Through what she sends to Yakov in prison, Marfa admits she had Yakov followed. Who does she have follow Yakov?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
Discuss the Nikolai character at the beginning of the book after Yakov saves his life. What is Nikolai's motivation? What drives him? Then, discuss this same character when he provides false testimony when questioned by the police about Yakov. What is Nikolai's motivation then? What is driving him? How do the events that happen between these two personalities change Nikolai's character from someone the reader likes - or perhaps feels sorry for - into a character the reader begins to hate? Who is Nikolai at the end of the story?
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