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. Faced with a bad economy, what do people do a few months before the end of the war?

2. Who moves into Kovály's apartment with her?

3. While party officials publicly extol the virtues of proletariat work, what is going on in secret among government officials?

4. What are the living conditions in the ghetto?

5. Who offers Kovály an apartment where she can stay?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is arrested in November 1951 and how does it affect Margolius?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Kovály describe Margolius' work ethic?

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

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

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

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

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 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 conclusion of the memoir "Under A Cruel Star." What happens at the end of the story? Is it a happy ending? Why or why not?

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