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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 is the name of the narrator of the first section of the novel?
(a) Jaroslav.
(b) Helena.
(c) Milan.
(d) Ludvik.

2. Where is Marketa sent, at the end of her first year at university?
(a) A month in Paris to study Marxism.
(b) A two-year trip to study plants.
(c) A two-week Party training session.
(d) Italy for a week to scout for new leadership.

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

4. Where is the man Ludvik asks for at the booth at the gate of the hospital?
(a) He just left and is on his way out.
(b) He is out on lunch.
(c) He is in his office.
(d) He did not come to work that day.

5. What is the name of Helena's daughter?
(a) Helena.
(b) Zdena.
(c) Lucie.
(d) Marketa.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who at Helena's work station likes her?

2. How did Helena meet Zemanek?

3. Ludvik, as the woman giving him a shave soaps his face, slips into what?

4. What is the name of the woman who shaves Ludvik?

5. When Marketa and Ludvik reunite at University, how does Marketa act?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ludvik find out the identity of the woman who shaved him?

2. How does Helena describe Zemanek in part two?

3. How does Helena feel about younger women?

4. What is Kostka's living situation?

5. Describe the story of the dwarfs Ludvik told Marketa.

6. How does Ludvik take the first part of his shave?

7. After their second meeting, Ludvik tells Helena that he is going to pick her up in front of the station the following day. What did they do on this outing?

8. After Marketa and Ludvik speak candidly about the postcard, Ludvik suggests he could win Marketa despite everything. How, and what, does he do?

9. How does Ludvik describe Kostka?

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

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