Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Heda Margolius Kovaly
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who greets Kovály at Ruda's home?

2. What is said to happen to people in Prague who harbor fugitives?

3. Why does Margolius accept a high-ranking government job?

4. What does Kovály see while walking by a river that brings the war to a personal conclusion?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Kovály's family when the Soviet occupation occurred?

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

3. After May 5th, 1945, what does Kovály observe in the final hours of the fight against the Germans?

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

5. After Margolius' arrest, what contributed to Kovály's bad health?

6. After her husband is arrested, what do state policemen come to her apartment to do?

7. Describe what occurrs in Czechoslovakia in the spring of 1968.

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

9. What does Kovály realize by attending Communist Party meetings?

10. How does Kovály describe Margolius' work ethic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of ostracism in "Under a Cruel Star." How is Kovály ostracized throughout the narrative? Why is she ostracized? How does this ostracism affect her life?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of fear and terror in "Under A Cruel Star." Of what is Kovály and the citizens of Czechoslovakia fearful? How is their fear conveyed to others? How does Kovály experience the fear of others? How does this fear affect her? Who is terrorizing Czechoslovakia and why? How are they spreading terror?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss anti-Semitism in "Under A Cruel Star." In what way does Kovály face anti-Semitism and how does this sentiment affect her life? How does she handle this prejudice against her?

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