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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do the guards do when Yakov refuses the pardon he is offered?
2. What does Yakov use to dig at the concrete holding his chains in place?
3. When the warden brings Yakov a new indictment, what is Yakov being charged as?
4. At night, Yakov has dreams of Shmuel. In his dreams, where is Shmuel?
5. What are the papers sent in with Yakov's visitor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
After arriving at the cave, both Bibikov and the colonel see roads leading away from the cave. Describe each of these roads and the reaction of each of these two characters upon seeing the roads. Then, compare and contrast these two characters using their reactions as the starting point for a larger discussion about how these two characters are different.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Compare and contrast Yakov Bok and B.A. Bibikov.
a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?
b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice - both positively and negatively?
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