Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 Test | Final Test - Hard

Heda Margolius Kovaly
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the Iron Curtain falls on Czechoslovakia, what happens to the media?

2. What would one have to do in order to buy anything?

3. Where does Kovály have her last meeting with Margolius?

4. What does Kovály find has happened to Margolius' ashes?

5. Who hides some of Kovály's items in her building's basement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of ostracism in "Under a Cruel Star." How is Kovály ostracized throughout the narrative? Why is she ostracized? How does this ostracism affect her life?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the portrayal of the Nazi concentration camps in "Under A Cruel Star." What are some anecdotes that Kovály shares with the reader? What is Kovály's personal experience in the concentration camps like? How does she overcome this trying period in her life?

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