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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. When does Sisovsky say he published one little satire in Prague?

2. Why does Sisovsky claim the Czech government let them leave?

3. The narrative of "The Prague Orgy" is written in what person, largely?

4. Who does Sisovsky claim he looks like in his family?

5. Where does Bolotka tell Zuckerman Olga's lover is now?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Olga represent symbolically in the narrative?

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

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

4. What took place that led to Sisovsky's father being shot? Who murdered him?

5. Why does Sisovsky tell Zuckerman his novel is banned? Why did he leave Czechoslovakia?

6. What reaction does Olga receive after exposing herself at Klenek's?

7. Why was Eva accused of being Jewish in Prague? Who accused her and how was he reprimanded?

8. Discuss the theme of voyeurism and spying in the narrative. How is this shown at Klenek's?

9. What does Zuckerman pass on his way to Klenek's? What does he observe upon arriving at the party?

10. What duality and conflict does Sisovsky face in America? What does Eva?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the different parts of Prague and how the economic situation there in 1976 differed from what Zuckerman had been exposed to in the U.S. What experiences had Zuckerman had with poverty before coming to Prague?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of Jewish identity, and how Philip Roth incorporates this theme into "The Prague Orgy" and his other works. What works by Roth are centered on the theme? How does "theme" differ from "subject" in a work of literature?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character of Eva Kalinova, her history of anti-Semitic discrimination in Prague, and the role of the Minister of Culture and Vice-Minister of Culture in Prague. Why was the Vice-Minister fired?

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