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

2. Which of Kovály's friends promises absolute assistance under any circumstance?

3. What group of people does Kovály say many industrialists think comprise the workforces during the war?

4. Which of the following is one place Kovály works during the war?

5. This is the only Jewish person Kovály knew before the war who returns to Prague?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of escape in "Under A Cruel Star." Describe Kovály's escape from the Nazis. How does she do this and is she successful? How does she later escape from occupied Czechoslovakia and where does she go? How does she feel about leaving her homeland?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Kovály's first husband, Rudolf Margolius. How do they meet? What are Margolius' defining character traits? What is his job? What are his political beliefs? Why is he arrested? Why is Kovály's marriage to Margolius strained? Of What is Margolius accused? How does he die?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the struggles that Kovály faces. How does she overcome these obstacles? Are the struggles similar to others in Czechoslovakia? If not, why is she experiencing them?

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