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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who had military control during the split with Yugoslavia?

2. Who did Slavenka's father make peace with, prior to his death?

3. In "A Letter from the United States...", what was Slavenka asked to write?

4. In "How We Survived Communism", what happened to Vesna's stockings?

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

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

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

The lack of hope is theme that runs throughout the book. Write an essay examining the lack of hope in one of the following people:

1) Tanja.

2) Slavenka.

3) Andrea.

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