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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Solomon Slepak's father hope for his son to do?
(a) Become a rabbi.
(b) Become a dentist.
(c) Become a soldier.
(d) Become a physician.

2. What was Volodya's family concerned with?
(a) That Volodya's nephew would be sent to war.
(b) That Volodya's nephew will get their exit visa.
(c) That they would go to prison for talking to Potok.
(d) That Potok was a KGB agent.

3. How many men did Solomon command against the Japanese?
(a) Close to 10,000.
(b) Close to 30,000.
(c) Close to 40,000.
(d) Close to 20,000.

4. How was the first country created by the first settlers in Russia named?
(a) The Christian Russian Empire.
(b) U.S.S.R.
(c) The Russian kingdom.
(d) Kievan Russia.

5. Why did people in Russia drive with runner lights instead of real headlights according to Volodya?
(a) Street lights were abundant.
(b) Bulbs were in short supply.
(c) To save the battery.
(d) For security reasons.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Potok and his wife arrive in Moscow at the start of the Prologue?

2. Who did Solomon return to Russia with?

3. When did the Jewish community thrive on the Black Sea?

4. What was Volodya's nephew old enough for?

5. Who did Solomon run into at the 1920 Comintern?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does the Prologue open and where was the author and his wife?

2. When did Solomon immigrate to America and what happened when he arrived?

3. What photographs does the author describe?

4. When did the Slepak family receive an exit visa and where were they headed?

5. How many Jews lived in Russia by the end of the 1800s?

6. What was Solomon invited to do?

7. How did Russians view the Jews?

8. What did Slepak ask of his visitors when they got to the apartment?

9. What happened with Slepak and Fanya's children?

10. When celebrating an impromptu Shabbat, what did the family substitute?

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