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. On one occasion, Kovály discovers the body of an acquaintance covered with what?

2. What supply is said to be scarce and often withheld from the people in the camp?

3. During her time in hiding, what does Kovály wish she could go outside to do?

4. In 1941, with whom does Kovály live in the ghetto where she is taken?

5. Who is Franz?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Kovály describe the feeling in Prague by the middle of 1951?

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

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

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

6. Where does Kovály find work in 1946?

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

8. What is the Czechoslovakian economy like around 1950-51?

9. What minor miracle does Bartos achieve for Kovály which enabled her to visit a hospital?

10. What happens when Nikita Khruschchev came to power in the Soviet Union?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of Hitler and Stalin in Kovály`s life. Who is Adolf Hitler and how does he affect Kovály`s life? Who is Stalin and how does he affect Kovály's life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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