The Prague Orgy Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 was Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev born?

2. What does Olga give Zuckerman the manuscript wrapped in?

3. Who insists the policemen must search Zuckerman's belongings when he returns to the hotel with the manuscript?

4. How old was Zuckerman when he would collect coins from his neighbors on behalf of the Jewish National Fund?

5. What kind of suit does Bolotka ask to try on at his apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why and how does Olga eventually give Zuckerman the manuscript?

2. Who asks for Olga's identification at the hotel? What is Olga's response?

3. What did Blecha drunkenly admit to Bolotka one night? What was Bolotka's response?

4. What is Bolotka's apartment like? What does he tell Zuckerman about his room?

5. When did Bolotka enter university? What was his major? What did he want to change it to?

6. Who does Zuckerman ride to the airport with in the end of the novel? What literary work does he discuss?

7. What symbolic statement does Olga make about freedom in her last meeting with Zuckerman?

8. What objective does Zuckerman reveal to Olga over breakfast? What is her response?

9. What is the position of Novak? What does he relate about his occupation?

10. What does Bolotka tell Zuckerman after his meeting with Oldrich?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the objectives, actions and obstacles of the characters in pages 32-39. Why did Zuckerman actually come to Klenek's? What does Zuckerman want from Olga? What does Olga want?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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