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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Zemanek say to Helena in the heat of an argument when their daughter was five?
(a) He was sorry they were fighting and he loves her.
(b) Everyone loves in different ways.
(c) They married out of Party discipline.
(d) That he believed Zdena wasn't his daughter.

2. Though Ludvik claims to not be a big lover of poetry, he carried three books of poetry with him. Who was the poet that authored these books?
(a) Pavel Zajicek.
(b) Frantisek Halas.
(c) Andre Brenton.
(d) MIlan Rufus.

3. How does Kostka receive Ludvik after not seeing each other in so long?
(a) Kostka did not want to see Ludvik.
(b) Kostka is glad to see Ludvik.
(c) Kostka was pleasant to Ludvik, but excused himself quickly.
(d) Kostka was cold to Ludvik.

4. When did Helena move to Prague?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1949.
(c) 1959.
(d) 1939.

5. How much money does Ludvik pull out of his pocket to pay the woman for his shave?
(a) Four crowns.
(b) Five crowns.
(c) Ten crowns.
(d) One crown.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the state of Ludvik's hotel room?

2. How did Helena meet Ludvik?

3. What was the last thing Ludvik said after leaving his meeting with the board?

4. Once Ludvik lost the rights to his University studies he expected to be notified of what compulsory service?

5. What is the name of the narrator of the first section of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Helena feel about the Party?

2. What is the relationship between Kostka and Ludvik like?

3. Why don't Helena's coworkers like her?

4. What is Kostka's bachelor pad like?

5. What is a typical day in the life of Ludvik at Ostrava?

6. What is Helena's credo?

7. How is Ludvik's attitude immediately following his move to Ostrava?

8. Why does Ludvik feel frustrated when he leaves the barber for his shave?

9. What finally prompted Helena and Zemanek to get married?

10. What is Kostka's living situation?

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