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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. What happens to many smaller companies as 1948 comes to an end?
(a) They were nationalized.
(b) They are shut-down.
(c) They are collectivized.
(d) They are unionized.

2. Which of Kovály's friends also returns with Franta?
(a) Vlada.
(b) Andula.
(c) Mrs. Machova.
(d) Zdenek.

3. What happens to Kovály's mother on arrival at the concentration camp?
(a) She is shot.
(b) She is redirected to another camp.
(c) She is assigned factory work.
(d) She is gassed.

4. Who is Jan Masaryk?
(a) Regional Party Secretary.
(b) Margolius' assistant.
(c) Deputy Minister of National Defense.
(d) The Foreign Minister.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. During her time in hiding, what does Kovály spend a lot of her time doing?

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

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

4. In addition to Jews, what other group in Kovály's home city are forcibly evacuated from the city?

5. Which group does Kovály contact after receiving the note from Ruda?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Kovály discover happened with Margolius' remains?

3. Where does Kovály find work in 1946?

4. What brought the war to a conclusion for Kovály personally?

5. What happens when Czec soldiers will not let Kovaly leave becuase she does not have the correct paperwork?

6. What does an old friend in the country encourage Margolius to do?

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

8. What is Kovály's last meeting with Margolius like?

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

10. What event does Margolius and Kovály attend in 1950, and who greeted them there?

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