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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. Which of Kovály's friends promises absolute assistance under any circumstance?
(a) Marta.
(b) Jenda.
(c) Franta.
(d) Heda.

2. While attempting to escape, which of Kovály's group momentarily pleads with the others to go back?
(a) Andula.
(b) Zuzka.
(c) Hanka.
(d) Mana.

3. In which country is Kovály born?
(a) Czechoslovakia.
(b) Romania.
(c) Poland.
(d) Germany.

4. In the ghetto where she is taken, Kovály assists a person of which profession?
(a) A teacher.
(b) An artist.
(c) A writer.
(d) A physician.

5. How is Russia portrayed to the Czech people?
(a) As tumultuous.
(b) As a failure.
(c) As stable.
(d) A paradise.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Kovály find out about her friends when she returns to Prague?

2. Where does the Margolius family move after Rudolf accepts his high-ranking government job?

3. In which city does Kovály grow up?

4. To which camp is Kovály and her family sent when their ghetto is liquidated?

5. What position does Margolius secure in the government?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Kovály find work in 1946?

3. What do the Communists admit about the confessions made by political prisoners?

4. What is contained in the note that Ruda sends Kovály after she settles in his apartment?

5. How is Kovály treated differently at the hospital when it became known that her husband had been arrested?

6. What complaint does Marta have about Vlada when Kovály met her?

7. How are Kovály and Margolius able to communicate after his arrest?

8. What minor miracle does Bartos achieve for Kovály which enabled her to visit a hospital?

9. What happens economically in the spring of 1953?

10. What does Kovály say many industrialists are unaware of during the war?

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