Essay Topic 1
When Slavenka was growing up, Communism was the only life she knew When it fell she was optimistic but afraid.
1) For Slavenka, what was it like living under Communism rule?
2) How did her life change when Communism falls?
3) How did Eastern Europe change, following the fall?
Essay Topic 2
Freedom of speech or expression was not allowed under Communist rule. Examine how the people in Slavenka's life were affected by this mandate.
Essay Topic 3
After Communism fell, basic items such as food became abundant in both variety and availability. In what interesting ways did this abundant lifestyle affect the people of Eastern Europe?
Essay Topic 4
Although Communism fell, many of those raised under Communist rule were still affected by a Communist mentality. Define what is meant by a Communist mentality, using supporting examples from the text.
Essay Topic 5
When Slavenka visited America, she was disgusted to see...
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