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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Kundera feel about the dancing?
(a) He thinks they are silly.
(b) He is despondent.
(c) He is envious.
(d) He is angry.

2. What will happen to the record of Clementis' life?
(a) It will be distorted.
(b) It will be expunged from history.
(c) It will be studied by every school child.
(d) It will be made into a movie.

3. Why does Mama get embarrassed?
(a) The others think the poem is incomprehensible.
(b) Because Karel corrects her.
(c) The others think the poem is dumb.
(d) Because Marketa corrects her.

4. What upsets Marketa about her mother-in-law?
(a) That she will not stay in the hotel.
(b) She does not leave on the day Marketa requested.
(c) That she insists that she come to see her grandson.
(d) That the breakup of the marriage is all Marketa's fault.

5. Where does Kundera meet his former boss?
(a) At the wharf.
(b) In the underground tunnels near the square.
(c) At a secret apartment.
(d) At the fish market.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Karel and Eva think is important to Marketa?

2. What are Eva, Karel and Marketa doing when Mama is in her room?

3. What is happening to Mirek's house when he arrives?

4. What does Mama later say about Eva?

5. What do the members of the ring do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Kundera agrees to write an astrology column?

2. How does Kundera's loss of his friends in the dancing circle affect him later?

3. Why do you think Marketa asks Eva to pretend she is Marketa's cousin?

4. Where does Mirek stop and why is that problematic?

5. What is upsetting about Mama's visit and why doesn't Marketa do anything about it?

6. What is the difference between how Mama views memory versus how Karel and Marketa do?

7. What is Zdena response to Mirek's request for his letters and do you think she is being fair to Mirek?

8. How does Marketa's feelings towards her mother-in-law change over time?

9. Who is Mirek going to visit and why?

10. What happens that embarrasses Mama?

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