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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. After finding a place to stay, what immediately happens to Kovály?
(a) She collapses with a fever.
(b) She is arrested.
(c) She is sent new clothes and a small amount of money.
(d) She is visited by a former classmate.

2. What group does Margolius join after the war?
(a) The Workers Party.
(b) Civic Democratic Party.
(c) The Communist Party.
(d) Politika 21.

3. In whose hometown does the escape party dissolve?
(a) Andula's.
(b) Zuzka's.
(c) Kovály's.
(d) Hanka's.

4. In 1941, to which ghetto is Kovály and her family taken?
(a) The Vilna Ghetto.
(b) The Lvóv Ghetto.
(c) The Lublin Ghetto.
(d) The Lodz Ghetto.

5. After returning to Prague, Kovály receives a note from Ruda that contains what?
(a) Passwords.
(b) A bank account number.
(c) A prayer.
(d) Directions for avoiding the Gestapo.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How long is a typical workday in the camp?

3. Which army is said to be advancing westward in late 1944?

4. What is clear about Communism in Czechoslovakia by the end of 1949?

5. What happens to the people who are staying in Auschwitz as the allied forces advance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kovály do during her five months being hidden by the resistance?

2. What happens economically in Prague shortly after the war's end?

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

4. Of what does Kovály discover the politicians wives are fearful?

5. Why do Kovály and her friends decide to try to escape the camp guards?

6. How does Kovály describe Margolius' work ethic?

7. What happens to the people who return to Prague from concentration camps after the war?

8. How does the Margolius' lives change after Rudolf accepts a high-ranking government job?

9. At the beginning of the book, what does Kovály say shapes her life?

10. What does Margolius have to say in his court statements?

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