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. What did the revolution in Zagreb, Croatia lack?

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

3. What did Castro claim hurt the environment?

4. In "A Letter from the United States...", what did Slavenka say regarding Communist women and public discourse?

5. What political label did Slavenka give herself in "A Letter from the United States..."?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to the new facade in Budapest?

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

3. How did Slavenka define the "communist eye"?

4. According to Castro, why did he attempt to limit automobiles to less than one per person?

5. Why was Slavenka disturbed by the sermon she heard at her first midnight mass?

6. What did Slavenka suspect about the homeless in New York?

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

8. In "Some Doubt about Fur Coats", why did Slavenka feel guilty about wearing a fur coat?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although many of the women in the book were married, they were not in happy relationships. Write an essay supporting or refuting the following statement, citing examples from the text: Many of Slavenka's friends were unhappy in their relationship due to the inequality between men and women.

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is a literary method of using an object in a narrative to represent a higher ideal. Choose from one of the following symbols that appear in "How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed" and examine its purpose in the story.

1) Soup.

2) Golub.

3) The Censor.

Essay Topic 3

Although Slavenka was cared for by the state under Communist rule, she still lacked many things throughout her life. Write an essay examining Slavenka's relationship to poverty as demonstrated throughout the text.

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