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. Under Communism, Slavenka knew Croatia would never what?

2. Under Communism, what did the Croatian leaders attempt to do?

3. When Slavenka attended midnight mass, what was the focus of the sermon?

4. What did the revolution in Zagreb, Croatia lack?

5. In "The Day When They Say That War Will Begin", whose death inspired nationalism?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was Tito's death significant?

3. Why was Slavenka surprised with herself when she tried to pick a good muffin off the ground in New York?

4. Why did Slavenka feel right-wing after her speech in "A Letter from the United States..."?

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

6. What items had Vesna's mother been known to collect?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When Slavenka bought a fur coat, she felt guilty but decided to wear it on principle.

1) Why did she feel guilty?

2) What did the coat symbolize?

3) Why principles inspired her to wear it anyway?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Communism, women in Eastern European were not valued. During the fall of Communism, Slavenka did not feel women received adequate representation in the media. Examine Slavenka's feminist views and their relationship to her upbringing in a Communist culture.

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