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 1941, to which ghetto is Kovály and her family taken?

2. How does Franz treat Eva at the camp?

3. What do most of Kovály's friends offer her when she visits?

4. What name does Kovály give her first child?

5. Which of the following does not describe the political gatherings Kovály attended with her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Kovály summoned before a Party committee in 1963?

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

3. How does Kovály secure herself an apartment following the war?

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

5. Where does Kovály find work in 1946?

6. What examples of hardships in the ghetto does Kovály describe?

7. What happens when the Lodz Ghetto is liquidated?

8. How does the Margolius' lives change after Rudolf accepts a high-ranking government job?

9. Following her meeting with the Party committee in 1963, what does Kovály make efforts to have done?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the motif of hope and hopelessness in "Under A Cruel Star." When does Kovály feel hopelessness? How does she cope with this feeling? What causes her to feel this way? How does she overcome this feeling? What brings her hope? How is she able to remain hopeful despite the awful situations she faces?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Holocaust. How is it portrayed in "Under A Cruel Star"? What is the Holocaust and why does it occur? What is Hitler's role in this horrific chapter in human history?

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