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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. Where does Olga tell the boy at the party that this picture of her will show up at Klenek's?
(a) On flyers.
(b) In the newspaper.
(c) On television.
(d) On a milk carton.

2. When does Sisovsky say he published one little satire in Prague?
(a) 1969.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1967.
(d) 1970.

3. Who stays in the bathroom with the boy at Klenek's party?
(a) Olga.
(b) Bolotka.
(c) Mr. Vodicka.
(d) Blecha.

4. What does Bolotka say Olga's lover does all day long?
(a) Sleeps.
(b) Writes poetry.
(c) Plays the violin.
(d) Watches television.

5. Sisovsky explains Eva cannot return to Prague because she cannot do what there?
(a) Get an identification card.
(b) Communicate with anyone.
(c) Be seen.
(d) Act.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bolotka answer when Zuckerman asks how he and his friends can live in such a chaotic country?

2. What does Sisovsky claim to hate when talking with Zuckerman in the beginning of the novel?

3. Where did Philip Roth grow up?

4. Sisovsky tells Zuckerman his father would have never been published in Czechoslovakia because of his what?

5. This story of Eva leaving her husband foreshadows the narrator's self-discovery of what in the narrative?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Zuckerman arrive in Prague? Where does he first attend a party there?

2. Discuss the theme of Jewish identity in Philip Roth's writing. What are his influences? What other works address the subject?

3. Why does Sisovsky claim to have written to Zuckerman in their meeting? Where are Sisovsky's father's stories?

4. What does Olga represent symbolically in the narrative?

5. What does Olga beg of Zuckerman before he leaves the party at Klenek's? What does Bolotka tell him upon parting?

6. How does Zuckerman's view of his Jewish identity evolve from the dinner with Sisovsky through the narrative?

7. What causes Eva to storm out from the dinner with Zuckerman and Sisovsky in the beginning of the novel?

8. How does Sisovsky describe his father? What does Sisovsky conclude his father belonged to?

9. What does Olga demand before exposing herself at the orgy party? Where is Olga's lover, according to Bolotka?

10. What literary allusion does Philip Roth use in Sisovsky's descriptions of his father? Why?

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