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Heda Margolius Kovaly
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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. Why does Margolius accept a high-ranking government job?
(a) To get a pay raise.
(b) So that he will have more power to make changes.
(c) To impress his neighbors.
(d) He is forced to do so.

2. Who offers Kovály an apartment where she can stay?
(a) Ruda.
(b) A rabbi.
(c) Rudolf Margolius.
(d) Mrs. Machova.

3. Where does the Margolius family move after Rudolf accepts his high-ranking government job?
(a) To Ostrava.
(b) A better part of Prague.
(c) To America.
(d) To the Soviet Union.

4. Which army is said to be advancing westward in late 1944?
(a) The American army.
(b) The Chinese army.
(c) The British army.
(d) The Russian army.

5. In 1941, with whom does Kovály live in the ghetto where she is taken?
(a) Her God parents.
(b) Her family.
(c) An elderly woman.
(d) A group of girls around her age.

Short Answer Questions

1. What name does Kovály give her first child?

2. While party officials publicly extol the virtues of proletariat work, what is going on in secret among government officials?

3. Who is Franz?

4. Who moves into Kovály's apartment with her?

5. What do most of Kovály's friends offer her when she visits?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as Kovály and her friends make their escape from the barn where the camp inmates are staying?

2. What happens in Czechoslovakia as 1948 drew to a close?

3. What treatment does Kovály receive following Margolius' arrest?

4. How does Kovály keep up to date with Margolius' trial when she is in the hospital?

5. How does Kovály describe the feeling in Prague by the middle of 1951?

6. What is life like for Kovály in the ghetto?

7. Why is Kovály hesitant to get involved with the Communist Party?

8. What happens when the Lodz Ghetto is liquidated?

9. What examples of hardships in the ghetto does Kovály describe?

10. What do the Nazis do as the Russian army advance westward?

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