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. Who is Rudolf Slánský?

2. What does Kovály notice about nearly all the people arrested by the government?

3. As Communism takes hold in Czechoslovakia, what does Kovály note about the confessions issued by arrested individuals?

4. What book does Margolius tell Kovály he has read and enjoyed.

5. After the change of power in 1956, what does The Party admit in regards to the confessions of political prisoners?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the author of "Under A Cruel Star," Heda Margolius Kovály. What does the reader learn about Kovály by reading this book? What are her defining characteristics and how do these characteristics help her throughout her life? Why is her life worth reading about?

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