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. After Margolius' verdict is announced, who arranges for Ivan to stay in the country a bit longer?

2. What word does Kovály use to describe Pavel Kovály?

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

4. What is listed Margolius' official cause of death?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the historical relevance of this story? Why is Kovály's story important to read about? What elements of this story are relevant and why?

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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