Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 Test | Final Test - Easy

Heda Margolius Kovaly
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ivan promise his mother when he finally returns from the country?
(a) To support her.
(b) To rescue her from Prague.
(c) To get revenge for what happened to his father.
(d) To clear his father's name.

2. What punishment does Margolius receive for his supposed crimes?
(a) Ten years hard labor.
(b) Life in prison.
(c) The death penalty.
(d) A monetary fine.

3. What work-at-home job does Kovály find after Margolius' death?
(a) Assembling slippers.
(b) Stuffing envelopes.
(c) Weaving scarves.
(d) Painting figurines.

4. Who comes to power in 1956?
(a) Alexey Kosygin.
(b) Nikita Khruschchev.
(c) Iosef Stalin.
(d) Nikolai Bulganin.

5. What happens when family associates and friends hear about Margolius' arrest?
(a) They stage a protest.
(b) They sever all relations to Kovály.
(c) They arrange a lawyer for Margolius.
(d) They send food and money to Kovály.

6. At what point does the staff at the hospital Kovály is admitted to stop giving her good treatment?
(a) When the hospital becomes over-crowded with patients.
(b) After Kovály loses her temper with a nurse.
(c) When they find out her husband has been arrested.
(d) When it becomes clear she has no money.

7. What ailment does Kovály develop as a result of her poor living and work conditions?
(a) Malnutrition.
(b) An intense pain.
(c) A stomach ulcer.
(d) A chronic cough.

8. After recovering from her illness and mourning, what document does Kovály realize she needs in order to arrange her life?
(a) Her husband's will.
(b) A death certificate.
(c) Her birth certificate.
(d) A driver's license.

9. What word does Kovály use to describe Pavel Kovály?
(a) Rogue.
(b) Maverick.
(c) Playboy.
(d) Misfit.

10. What does the Party tell Kovály they refused to do in regards to Margolius?
(a) Publicly acknowledge his innocence.
(b) Publicly acknowledge his guilt.
(c) Publicly acknowledge his existence.
(d) Publicly acknowledge his experience as a prisoner.

11. What anniversary celebration does Kovály and Margolius attend in 1950?
(a) The anniversary of Karl Marx's birth.
(b) The anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
(c) The anniversary of Victorious February.
(d) The anniversary of Gottwald's appointment as Prime Minister.

12. What happens at the mass meeting Kovály attends in 1967?
(a) A riot takes place.
(b) A vote occurs which decides the fate of protestors.
(c) The leader of the Communist Party stops by.
(d) Party officials take questions from the attendees.

13. Who hides some of Kovály's items in her building's basement?
(a) Kovály herself.
(b) Ivan.
(c) Pavel Kovály.
(d) Mrs. Machova.

14. Where does Kovály find a job in order to support herself and Ivan?
(a) At a dairy.
(b) At a print shop.
(c) At a nursery school.
(d) At a factory.

15. After her husband's death, for what does Kovály fear she would be arrested?
(a) For plotting Margolius' escape.
(b) For being unemployed.
(c) For conspiring with him.
(d) For interfering with the investigation of Margolius' crimes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Kovály notice about nearly all the people arrested by the government?

2. Why is Kovály unable to move into a cheaper apartment after Margolius' arrest?

3. Where is Ivan living at the time of the 1960s occupation of Czechoslovakia?

4. in 1968, who amasses military forces along the Czech borders?

5. What happens economically in Czechoslovakia as Communism takes hold?

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