How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1987, what did Castro limit the ownership of?

2. Under Communism, Slavenka knew Croatia would never what?

3. Vesna's mother believed that what helped her to survive Communism?

4. In "How We Survived Communism", Slavenka said that a country is only capable of providing for its citizens for how long?

5. In Communist countries, who provided for the poor?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Day They Say That War Will Begin", why were the shelves in many stores bare?

2. Why did Slavenka hold up sanitary napkins and tampons during a speech?

3. According to Slavenka, what was the effect of Communism on her country?

4. Slavenka believes it impossible for a regime to do what?

5. In "Some Doubt about Fur Coats", what happened to a girl wearing a mink coat in Beograd?

6. Why was Tito's death significant?

7. What affected Slavenka emotionally, during her first midnight mass?

8. In "How We Survived Communism", why did Vesna's mother want her to save a ripped stocking?

9. In "The Day They Say That War Will Begin", how did Slavenka come to terms with the idea of the impending war?

10. What was the reaction of the audience to Slavenka's speech on the state of women after the "velvet revolution"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Slavenka visited America, she was disgusted to see the "natural look" glamorized in fashion magazines. Write an essay examining the idea of beauty during Communist times and how freedom affected Slavenka's personal appreciation for make-up and individuality.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast the relationship between Slavenka and her parents and the relationship between Slavenka and her daughter.

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