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

2. Where did Philip Roth attend college?

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

4. What does Olga write, which are beloved by the Czech people?

5. What is the date of Zuckerman's writing of his arrival in Prague?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Philip Roth illustrate Sisovsky's sense of identity in the U.S.?

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

5. What symbolism is revealed in the party at Klenek's? What are the attendees representative of?

6. Where does the narrative open? What year is it?

7. What does Sisovsky tell Zuckerman about Eva's past in Prague when they first meet?

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

9. What does Olga represent symbolically in the narrative?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the principle objectives and obstacles of Zuckerman, Sisovsky, and Eva at their first meeting in the narrative. How does Sisovsky's objective impact the actions of the protagonist?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Zuckerman and Bolotka in the narrative. How are Bolotka and Zuckerman alike? What are their differences and are those principally based on setting or circumstance? How?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character of Bolotka in the narrative. How does Zuckerman meet/know Bolotka? What information does Bolotka provide? What is his personality like?

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