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. In which country is the ghetto that Kovály and her family are taken located?

2. What happens to Kovály's mother on arrival at the concentration camp?

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

4. Without work to do, what is said that people do all day?

5. Where are the camp inmates staying when Kovály and her acquaintances decide to escape?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens when the Lodz Ghetto is liquidated?

5. What happens in Czechoslovakia as 1948 drew to a close?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the mass meeting Kovály attended in 1967.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author of "Under A Cruel Star," Heda Margolius Kovály. What does the reader learn about Kovály by reading this book? What are her defining characteristics and how do these characteristics help her throughout her life? Why is her life worth reading about?

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 the setting of the memoir "Under A Cruel Star." How does Kovály portray her native country and what are her feelings about it? What problems is Czechoslovakia faced with throughout the narrative?

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