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. What does Ivan promise his mother when he finally returns from the country?

2. What punishment does Margolius receive for his supposed crimes?

3. After guards stop Kovály at the border, what does Kovály NOT do to help in Prague?

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

5. Where does Kovály find a job in order to support herself and Ivan?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss anti-Semitism in "Under A Cruel Star." In what way does Kovály face anti-Semitism and how does this sentiment affect her life? How does she handle this prejudice against her?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Iron Curtain. What is the Iron Curtain? What does the Iron Curtain have to do with Czechoslovakia? Does it affect Kovály directly? If so, how?

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