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. At what point does the staff at the hospital Kovály is admitted to stop giving her good treatment?

2. What work does Pavel Kovály find for Kovály after she loses her work-at-home job?

3. How do Kovály's neighbors treat her after Margolius' arrest?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of fear and terror in "Under A Cruel Star." Of what is Kovály and the citizens of Czechoslovakia fearful? How is their fear conveyed to others? How does Kovály experience the fear of others? How does this fear affect her? Who is terrorizing Czechoslovakia and why? How are they spreading terror?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Kovály's second husband, Pavel Kovály. How do they meet? What happens to Pavel after he marries Heda? Why does this happen?

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